Kids who have stable and involved dads are better off on nearly every cognitive, social and emotional measure researchers can devise. For instance, high levels of father involvement are associated with children who are more sociable, confident and self-controlled and less likely to act out in school or engage in risky behaviors in adolescence. (Scientific American Mind. Volume 21, Number 2. “Family Guy” by Emily Anthes)
According to the article, fathers were spending a little under 3 hours per week on child care in 1965; by 2000 the figure had reached 6.5 hours. Based on my personal, not scientific observations, I would estimate that dads spend at least twice that amount today. Children need their father’s involvement, influence, support, and love. I discussed these issues and more on The Survival Mom Radio Hour with Lisa Bedford.
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You can also read my article “The 7 Most Important Things Kids Need From Their Fathers” on Babble.
Question: What are the most important things a father can give his children?