In Dr. Kyle D. Pruett's book entitled Fatherneed: Why Father Care Is As Essential As Mother Care for Your Child, he outlines several reasons why being a father is essential.
- One of the most critical roles that a dad plays in the life of his child is during
the toddler years, age 1 ½ - 3 ½, is helping the child safely and securely separate from the intense maternal dependency of infancy.
- Infants who have time alone with their dad show richer social and exploratory behavior
than children not exposed to such experiences.
- Fathers help children individuate - he is typically more willing to let a child out
of his sight than mom will. A father will let the child crawl twice as far as mom
will before retrieving the infant.
- Young people who have fathers actively participating in their lives are less likely
to engage in criminal activities or abuse of drugs and alcohol.
- Father involvement is the strongest parent-related predictor in the development of
empathy; it's also associated with development of problem-solving behavior and reduced
sibling conflict and aggression.
- Even when fathers do not live at home, children whose fathers are actively involved
in their lives tend to have fewer behavioral problems.
- Kids with involved, responsive dads are much more successful academically, and have
a higher likelihood of going to college. Then all we have to do is figure out how
to pay for it...
- Involved dads reduce the parenting burden that more often falls on mothers.
- Children with two loving, involved parents benefit from the wealth of each parent's life experiences, different styles, and approaches to dealing with life.
Source: NOMAS: http://www.nomas.org/node/121
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The National Organization for Men Against Sexism is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men. NOMAS advocates a perspective that is profeminist, gay-affirmative, anti-racist, and committed to justice on a broad range of social issues including class, age, religion, and physical abilities. We affirm that working to make this nation's ideals of equality for all people a reality is the finest expression of what it means to be men.
The mission of the National Center for Fathering is to improve the well-being of children by inspiring and equipping men to be more effectively involved in the lives of children. In response to a dramatic trend towards fatherlessness in America, the Center was founded in 1990 by Dr. Ken Canfield to conduct research on fathers and fathering, and to develop practical resources to prepare dads for nearly every fathering situation.
Dads & Daughters' mission is to make the world safe and fair for our daughters. We believe that all families benefit when active, engaged father-daughter relationships help girls grow--and when dads, daughters and others help overcome obstacles for girls and women. We are the world's only organization maximizing the power and potential of father-daughter relationships. We support fathers and stepfathers (no matter where they are) with tools to make a better life for every girl.