Apart from it taking a village to raise a child, it takes an involved mother and father to mold a child into the best human being possible.
For decades, science and society has placed a special focus on motherhood when it comes to raising a child, but in recent years, studies have shown that fatherhood plays an influential and important role in child development.
Both parents have important roles as caregivers, protectors, financial supporters, and as models for social and emotional behavior, and having a father that is actively involved in a child’s life contributes greatly to the child’s cognitive, language, academic achievement and social development, as well as their self-esteem and sense of well-being.
Fathers have a direct influence on a child’s relationships with friends, spouses and other family members from birth to death. In romantic relationships, girls will look for men who hold the patterns of their father while boys will model themselves after their father.
When fathers are absent or abusive, their children suffer from their actions, learning abusive patterns as a social norm and encountering struggles such as low self-esteem, emotional instability and aggressive behaviour.
So, in a nutshell, a good father is one who is loving, affectionate, supportive and importantly, one who is involved in their child’s life.
For more insight on the importance of fatherhood on child development, see this article from Huffington Post.
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