- Dads tend to be more physically active with their young children. And, Dad-style play is not just for boys .
- Studies show benefits to participating in productive activities with children, such as household chores, washing dishes after dinner or cleaning up the backyard. These types of shared activities promote a sense of responsibility and self-worth in children that is, in turn, linked to greater confidence, academic and career success, and mental well-being later in life
Security, Confidence, and Attachment
Infants who have involved fathers in their lives for the first 18 to 24 months of life are more secure and are more likely to explore the world around them with increased enthusiasm and curiosity than children who did not have close, involved fathers.
- Fathers Build Confidence
Go to any playground and listen to the parents there. Who is often encouraging kids to swing or climb just a little higher, ride their bike just a little faster, or throw just a little harder?
Cognitive, Motor, and Verbal Development
Psychologist Ellen Bing was one of the first scholars to explore how fatherhood impacts child well-being. In the early 1960s, she found that children who had fathers who read to them regularly were more likely to do much better in many important cognitive skill categories than children who did not have fathers who read to them.
Involved fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring. So, dads..be there for your kids no matter how busy you are..