A while back, I asked if your baby daddy did his part in taking care of the child. Over half of you said that he played an equal role in child rearing — sometimes bearing more of the responsibility.

A new study released in the June issue of Journal of Family Psychology indicated that if mothers want their partners to play an active role in parenting, they need to give them the confidence to motivate them. One study said:

It was the mom's behavior that dictated the dad's involvement. [Researchers] found that the dads who knew what they were doing had partners who encouraged and complimented them as they changed the baby's clothes. But the dads who looked less confident were accompanied by partners who critiqued their methods during the entire observation.

Do you give your partner the room to care for your child?