Fatherhood generates less conversation and attention in our society than motherhood does. That’s a bit strange when you realize that psychological and social science research over the past 30 years shows a strong correlation between healthy, responsible fathering and a child’s well-being.
The findings are compelling. If a man invests his time and attention to rearing his child, the child is more likely to show the following traits:
- Have higher cognitive function in infancy
- Learn to read sooner and better.
- Develop a higher preschool IQ.
- For girls, have higher preschool math competence and be more willing to try new things.
- Graduate high school and attend college.
- Be more comfortable with physicality and physical risk.
- If female, reach puberty at a later age.
- Be better at problem-solving.
- Have a stronger sense of humor.
- Cope better with stress and frustration.
- Act out less.
- Be more comfortable with and accepting of people who disagree with her.
Almost all psychological and social research agrees: Children benefit a lot when loving and informed fathers and/or stepfathers are actively involved in their lives.
In other words, your active engagement in your child’s life is an excellent and essential investment.
Adapted from Idiot’s Guides: Pregnancy for Dads by Joe Kelly - Publication date: Jan, 7, 2014 © Alpha Books