9 Important Ways Dads Impact The Lives Of Their Children
Written by Family First Adolescent Services,
in Section Family Resources
Studies that examine the powerful and enduring influence fathers can have on their children.
Despite all of society’s advances over the past century, men are still -- too often -- viewed by some as their own children’s “babysitters”; when in actuality, research supports the irreplaceable role they play in their everyday lives.
Chelsea Clinton recently helped unveil a first-of-its-kind report on fatherhood at the United Nations. The “State of the World’s Fathers,” produced by MenCare and its partners, analyzed hundreds of global studies on fatherhood that show why and how fathers matter.
Partnered with Johnson & Johnson to share findings from the report on global fatherhood, as well as from several other studies that examine the powerful and enduring influence fathers can have on their children.
1. Their kids play well with others: Playful and affectionate interaction with fathers is shown to predict a child’s positive social-emotional involvement with others.
2. Their partners and babies are healthier: The involvement of fathers before, during and after the birth of a child has been shown to have "lasting benefits," including positive effects on maternal and newborn health, from increased prenatal and postnatal health-care visits to more successful breastfeeding to higher likelihoods parents will seek out immunizations and care for childhood illnesses.
3. Their children are more prepared for school: Toddlers with involved fathers begin school with higher levels of
4. …And go on to be more successful academically: When fathers are involved in their education, children not only do better at school, they are also more likely to graduate and achieve higher levels of career and economic success.
"Fathers play an important -- and sometimes overlooked -- role in the development of their children. From their role in prenatal care, to how they play, communicate and act as role models for their kids, loving, engaged dads have been shown to have a tremendous impact on how a child grows up. They are truly irreplaceable."
5. Their children start speaking earlier and are more verbally expressive: A father’s linguistic interactions with a child at an early age is strongly related to the development of his or her language skills.
6. Their children grow up less prone to depression: Paternal involvement has been linked to lower rates of depression, fear, and self-doubt in fathers’ young-adult children.
7. Their sons are less likely to be in trouble: The rates of delinquency from school are lower among boys whose fathers actively participate in their care.
8. Their daughters are more ambitious in their careers: A father’s approach to household chores was a strong predictor of professional ambitions in daughters when they grew older, a University of British Columbia study found last year.
9. And have a more positive self-image: Young women with engaged fathers also had higher overall opinions of themselves, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families also has reported, along with higher reported levels of self-esteem.
Johnson & Johnson celebrates dads and all parents for the incredible role they play in making the world a better, more caring place for their children.