Fathers Are Important to Children
Researchers tell us some fathers have always been very involved in the everyday raising of their children. Other fathers in the past were not involved with their children. They often believed child rearing was a woman's job.
Today more and more fathers are taking an active role in raising their children. These fathers are developing a warm and close relationship with their children through playing, guiding, teaching, and daily caregiving.
More women work outside the home today than in the past. And, men are doing more in-home work, including caring for their children. In some two-parent families, the parents work different shifts so one of them is always at home. By taking care of their children each day, fathers have a chance to form a strong, close bond with them.
Even if you don't take on a "houseparent" role while your partner works, you can still create that close bond with your children. Give each child some special attention each day, paying attention to nothing else, just that child. In this way you tell your child that she is important to you.
Men who try to increase their child-rearing responsibility sometimes feel awkward at first. But, research shows they learn quickly, and they really like it. They like the close feelings, the shared love, with their children. Best of all, many fathers think they become better people by making the effort to care for their young children.
Also see: XPLOR Guide Sheet gh 6121 - Baby Basics Social and Physical Development