Why We Love Supportive Dads

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate fathers -- and all positive, supportive, father figures -- and the wonderful role they play within the family. A day to celebrate the fathers who listen and the fathers who wipe away tears. The exhausted fathers who change diapers in the middle of the night, and the joyous fathers holding little hands as little feet walk their first steps. The fathers who play catch with their daughters and who cheer loudly at their son’s band concert. The fathers who are there for their kids, day after day, year after year.

This Father’s Day, we want to take a moment to recognize the amazing impact that dads have on their children’s lives when they are truly actively involved and supportive.

When a father is involved in a child’s life throughout childhood, the positive impact is incredibly apparent. There is a large amount of research following various different aspects of life, all clearly pointing to the critical role of a supportive father.

Children with involved fathers are:

  • More likely to do well in school

  • More likely to attend training or school after graduation

  • More likely to find stable employment after high school

  • More likely to be in a healthy relationship later in life

  • Less likely to repeat a grade, or be suspended or expelled

  • Less likely to be a teen parent

  • Less likely to be incarcerated

  • Less likely to experience behavior and emotional problems

In addition, children with involved dads are less likely to engage in high risk behaviors. They also have higher self-esteem and are more successful in school. Further, they tend to have better social skills and are better able to deal with adversity.

It has to be said -- involved dads ROCK!

It is so important fathers understand how powerful their supportive presence is -- and how powerful the presence of a positive, supportive father figure can be in a child's life. The science doesn’t lie-- children are so much more likely to be on a positive life trajectory when they feel loved and supported -- and a father is critically important to making this happen.

We know fatherhood (and motherhood) is by no means easy or straightforward or simple. Many new fathers may even feel overwhelmed or unsure of how to connect or contribute. The most important thing that can be done is to keep trying and putting in the effort.

Just know that it is TOTALLY OKAY to ask for help--at any point in the fatherhood journey. For new and expecting fathers, the Child Abuse Council offers Basic Training For New Dads, a class taught by dads, for dads! Check out this link to learn more about the program: www.childabuseqc.org/basic-training-for-new-dads