The Role Of Dads In Their Children's LivesPosted: Updated:
With Father's Day just around the corner, it's important to note the role dads play in the healthy development of their children.
Registered dietitian Cathy Moore of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County appeared on 7 News at Noon on Friday to discuss the topic. Click on the picture to watch her interview.
She said studies find that an active and nurturing style of fathering is associated with better verbal skills, intellectual functioning, and academic achievement among adolescents. Children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, be confident to explore their surroundings, and, as they grow older, have better social connections. They are less likely to get in trouble at home, school, or in the neighborhood. Fathers instill persistence and resilience. A close relationship with dad fosters a daughters sense of competence especially in math skills.
Moore also said fathers also tend to promote independence and an orientation to the outside world. Fathers often push achievement while mothers stress nurturing, both of which are important to healthy development. As a result, children who grow up with involved fathers are more comfortable exploring the world around them and more likely to exhibit self-control and pro-social behavior.