With Father’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to shed light on the many benefits an involved Father brings to a family and a child’s development. The purpose of this list is not to discredit mothers in any way because they are important too! Is learning to count more important than learning to read? By now means! In the same way, though their roles and methods are very different, both motherhood and fatherhood are important.
With that in mind, see how a supportive father can impact the family.
1. Encourage curiosity
Father’s are naturally more playful with their child than mothers. This helps the child develop their sensorimotor skills as well as expanding their imagination. Their playtime tends to be more physical as well. This playtime serves as a secure foundation for them to further explore their own curiosity.
2. Develop problem-solving skills
We all know men and women are different but this is especially evident when it comes to parenting. Typically, father’s will set a higher level of expectation than mothers allowing the child an opportunity to solve the problem on their own.
3. Decrease stress
When a child is with their father, stressful situations are seen as less scary. They learn to regulate their emotions with Dad and are typically more willing to try new things. It’s also worth noting that children living in a home with a father present are more likely to be taken care of when it comes to their medical needs. They are likely to have better nutrition, attend regular doctor appointments and be breastfed if the dad is involved.
4. Better performance in school
Kids whose fathers engage in their education are more likely to have higher reading levels than those without an involved father. Regularly reading with your child increases their intellectual ability and sets them up with a large vocabulary to jump-start their verbal skills.
5. Promote positive self-esteem
When children see themselves through a loving fathers eyes, they have a deeper sense of security in their identity. Low levels of self-esteem can be linked to a disengaged or absent dad growing up. An involved father helps set their child up to grow and maintain healthy attachment abilities.
6. Provides Perspective
Dads teach their children how to view life from another perspective. The way a father bonds with a child is different from the mother and his viewpoint helps the child become more confident in who they are. Children learn the importance of respect, agreeing to disagree and how to build and maintain healthy boundaries in their relationships.
This content is based on research and literature from renowned Child Psychiatrist and author Dr. Kyle Pruett, M.D.