The Importance of Fathers
Where parents are concerned, many people are immediately able to spout off all the things they love about mothers. However, a father’s love is just as important and in some ways, a child’s relationship with his or her father is even more strongly correlated with the type of adult that child becomes. With Father’s Day coming up, we wanted to address 3 of the things that recent statistics and research reviews have shown us about fatherhood in particular.
Teach Children Sacrifice
Although children learn from and model behavior after both parents, research suggests that children typically learn the importance of sacrifice from their fathers more than from their mothers. Although both parents are sacrificing something for the good of the family, children tend to notice the small sacrifices that their fathers make and apply these principles to their own lives as they grow into adulthood.
Promote Healthy Physical Activity
Research suggests that children who have fathers who play a very active role in their children’s lives are more likely to be physically fit and overall healthier. While mothers do spend a lot of time with their kids outside, it is usually the fathers who are chasing, playing catch, running, or riding bikes with them.
Model Healthy Relationships
Recent studies have also shown that children model their relationships throughout life on the behavior of their fathers. In homes where there is a mother and a father, children are more likely to take a cue from Dad on how to treat people with whom they have relationships.
This Father’s Day, make sure to tell Dad how much you appreciate him for making a positive impact in your life in these 3 areas and more!