It is the common opinion that while raising a family, the mother takes care of the child while the father pays the bills. But, how much of this is true? Granted, the father must go to work every day, but his role in parenting is no less important.
Sigmund Freud had opined that the greatest need during childhood was a father’s protection. So, there is no denying the importance of a father’s role in early childhood.
According to an article published in thenational.ae, "Fathers provide both physical and psychological support and this can even be seen in the animal kingdom." The benefits of involving fathers in the care of their children during the early years is not limited to the health and well-being of the children alone, but reflects on the whole family.
The Huffington Post in one of its articles has examined the importance of a dad's role. According to the article, as human beings are social animals, they learn by modelling their behaviour. Thus, a child’s primary relationship with her father will affect all her future relationships. Girls will look for men who have attributes similar to their fathers, while boys will model their behaviour after their fathers. So, fathers play an important role in a child’s development right from birth through adulthood.
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Sometimes modern society fails to fully recognise the father’s role in the family and stereotypically limits it to providing financial support. We are sadly diminishing the importance of the father’s role in the family and in the raising of children.
Fathers are just as essential to healthy child development as mothers. Psychology Today explained, "Fatherhood turns out to be a complex and unique phenomenon with huge consequences for the emotional and intellectual growth of children."
A study done by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore found that “children who have fathers in their lives learn better, have higher self-esteem and show fewer signs of depression than children without fathers.”...
While almost any man can father a child, there is so much more to the important role of being dad in a child’s life. Let’s look at who father is, and why he is so important.
Men, we need you. We—mothers, daughters, and sisters—need your help to raise healthy young women. We need every ounce of masculine courage and wit you own because fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for a daughter’s life.
Roland Warren, father of two sons and board member of the National Fatherhood Initiative, explains the simple but critical support any dad can give his child.