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With my father
I would watch dawn
over green fields.
by Kobayashi Issa

Lately I’ve been noticing more and more a growing number of dads picking up their kids from daycare and school. They’re on the subway, on the bus, in the street giving them an afternoon nap in their strollers, playing with them in the local park. It fills my heart with joy to see all the fathers so involved in their children’s lives. It used to be – at least it was when I was growing up – that Mom did that while Dad went to work. But I think this way is better – in fact, it’s been proven.

According to a Father Involvement for Healthy Child Outcomes: Partners Supporting Knowledge Development and Transfer (April 10, 2007) by Jessica Ball, M.P.H., Ph.D. and Ken Moselle, Ph.D., there is a lot of research proving the impacts of a father’s involvement on children.

Father’s involvement results in:

  • Enhanced Cognitive functioning and higher IQ
  • Better academic achievement
  • School connectedness
  • Higher educational attainment
  • Resiliency
  • Lower levels of depression
  • Life satisfaction
  • Self-acceptance/higher self-esteem
  • Less stress
  • Attachment
  • Supportive social networks
  • Positive peer relations
  • Empathy
  • Conformity to rules, conventions, values ethical standards
  • Less delinquent behaviour

The above is a summary of research conducted by Allen and Daly (2002) and Ball and Pedersen (2004). Source: www.fira.ca/cms/documents/123/PH_FI_Report_brief.pdf

So here’s to the Dads who’re making better people out of our children.

And no one is more deserving of thanks and respect than my husband, father to our beautiful 2.5 year old girl. Thank you, honey, for all you do for me and for our daughter. We need more Dads and husbands like you in this world!

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