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Focus on Fathers Who Really Make A Difference
"Fatherhood is the only profession where you're guaranteed that the more effort you put into it, the more enjoyment you will get out of it." -- Dr. William Sears

From birth, children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, confident in exploring their surroundings, and, as they grow older, better able to connect socially with peers, say numerous recent studies. Moreover, these children also are less likely to get in trouble at home or at school or use drugs and alcohol. Children with fathers who are nurturing, involved, and playful also turn out to have higher IQs and are better at language and thinking. In other words, the importance of fathers and how influential an involved father can be to the happiness and well-being of his children cannot be overstated.

The way that fathers play with their children is also important. Fathers tend to spend more time in playful, physical activities with their children, which researchers believe helps children learn to regulate their emotions and resist the urge to act on aggressive impulses. Fathers also tend to encourage independence and achievement, and are more likely to encourage their kids to embrace a reasonable level of risk, both on the playground and in life.

For girls, a father’s beliefs about the value and abilities of women shapes her goals and ambitions, and their relationship becomes a model for how she expects to be treated by men in her life. Girls who grow up with loving, attentive fathers are more likely to succeed academically and less likely to end up in violent or unhealthy relationships. For boys, a father is a primary role model, helping his son learn what it means to be a man. He influences his sons’ morals and ethics, how he will end up treating women, and how he values himself as a person.

The best part is, being a good father is fun! Happy Father’s Day!

Here are some tips for building a healthy father/child relationship:

  • Bond with your children on a daily basis. No matter how busy life gets, dedicate some time (and energy) to spend with each child time every day through physical play, reading together, or talking about things going on in the child’s life. Be present at dinner and bedtimes.

  • Talk – and listen - every day. Talking and listening to your child from an early age develops trust. Ask your child about his day, his highs and lows, his triumphs and his troubles. Share your own successes, challenges and even failures which model your resilience.

  • Share a common interest. When you have a hobby or passion you share with your child, it provides a great opportunity to spend time together. Having a common bond such as model trains or playing sports can help during those tough teen years- when kids don’t think parents know anything.

  • Don’t miss those important moments. Attend your child's performances, athletic events and awards ceremonies. It is important for a child to know her parents support her and share in her milestones and successes.

  • Give all your children dolls to play with. Whether you are parenting boys or girls, start them early on a path to become great parents themselves. Give them dolls to play with and nurture, encourage social/emotional learning, and encourage them to help out with the care of younger siblings.

  • Respect your partner. Demonstrate love, appreciation and respect to your partner in front of your children. Doing so not only makes children feel secure, it also models positive behaviors in relationships that your children will carry with them into their own relationships.
 
Resources:

The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children. Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, U.S. Children’s Bureau.
Rosenberg, Jeffrey. Wilcox, W. Bradford.
www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/fatherhood/chaptertwo.cfm

The Importance of Father-Child Bonding. Parenting Weekly Web Site.
www.pregnancyweekly.com/dads/father_child_bond.htm

The Science of Dad: Engaged Fathers Help Kids Flourish.
Live Science. Stephanie Pappas.
www.livescience.com/37435-fathers-importance-kids.html

 
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