Today there are many types of families. For example, there are single-parent families with one mother or one father, families with two parents or with two mothers… and all of them can raise happy children who do not feel that something is missing in their life. But next, we want to detail the link a father has with child development.
Because when the father is present, his role has great importance and that must be taken into account and leave behind the outdated thinking of previous decades where the father’s role was not taken into account in raising children.
The childhood years
The positive impact of active parents on parenting does not end in the first years of life. During childhood, the important role of parents continues as children develop emotionally, physically, and intellectually. As with mothers, fathers influence children’s development, largely through the attachment relationship they have with their children throughout childhood.
Socio-emotional development is a key area where the impact of parents is clearly seen. Secure attachment with parents supports emotional skills such as empathy and the ability to understand emotions, even in the school-age years.
Children whose parents were active participants in the play, particularly rough play, were shown to have strong social competence in school and better behavior. While that game may sound noisy, it actually has surprising hidden benefits in child development.
Education and cognitive development
Several studies have shown that father involvement in activities such as reading and going out together predicted greater educational progression of children.
Similarly, children with involved parents were more likely to graduate from high school and college. It is clear that parents’ contributions to children’s cognitive development go far beyond the financial resources available to them (for example, when the father contributes money but is passive in parenting).
The presence of an active and committed parent can act as a protective force in teens’ lives. For example, there are studies that find that teens with involved parents are less likely to have delinquency and depression problems.
The role of the father’s attachment relationship also extends to adolescence. Although children are older and more mature, this fundamental attachment relationship can have long-lasting effects. The time parents spend in those early years, establishing a strong bond with their children continues to benefit them into adolescence.
After years of diminishing their role in raising children, it is now understood that parents contribute equally to their development. Through research and personal experience, we see that fathers play a significant and complementary role to mothers. Parents influence children in significant emotional and psychological ways that last a lifetime.