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So Much for Fathers To Do
The role of fathers has definitely changed in the last 20 years.
Whether it is different because men have "changed," or more likely "society" has changed how it views the important role a father plays in a child's life.
Most men want to be involved with their children — some instinctively know how to parent, some know how to get involved, but most may need help to build their confidence and skills.
Whatever the situation, there are lots of resources available offering insight on men's changing roles and the resistance they may encounter in trying to become more involved in child rearing.
Research supports the involvement of fathers in their child's early childhood experience and care:
Fathers are different from mothers. They parent different — they play different — they interact different — and it is that different perspective and interaction that helps a child develop into the best person they can be.
David Popenoe, author of "Disturbing the Nest: Family Change and Decline in Modern Societies," wrote "What fathers do — their special parenting style — is not only highly complementary to what mothers do, but is by all indications, important in its own right."
There can be no better tribute to a parent than to have their child do well in school, to meet their potential, to respect others, and to ultimately be productive members of society. Most importantly, they are our next generation of parents — fathers and mothers should work together to prepare them for that role.
*Taken from "Parent Guide: Children Do Come With Directions," published by Success by 6, page 78-79.
Additional Articles and Resources
Dad's Top Ten Tips on Bonding With Baby
Boot Camp for New Dads
The National Center for Fathering
The National Fatherhood Initiative
DADS (Dads Advocating for Dads)