This blog post is for the men (…but, women, you should probably read this too). Just like mothers, grandparents, and teachers, fathers want what is best for their children. That is why we work to support a household in all different kinds of ways. These activities are critical to provide a comfortable environment so that children can play, learn, and grow, but there is more that children need from us. As researchers learn more about children and how they develop, they have discovered that fathers help their children in different ways than mothers.
Children who spend more time with their fathers know more words when they enter preschool, have better behavior in elementary school, and are more likely to have a steady job as adults. Who doesn’t want all of those things for their children? This is most likely to happen when you, the father, are involved. We hear the term ‘involved’ a lot when it comes to fathers. But what does it really mean?
Being An Involved Dad
Being involved with your kids can mean a lot of things, and it should! Every kid and every dad is different and they all enjoy doing different things. One of the best things about children is that they learn through play. Pretend to be their favorite character from a movie and recreate a movie scene, or teach your kids to do something that you like and spend time pretending to do it (or really doing it if it is child safe). During this play, children will learn about themselves, you, and the world around them. It’s also important to show up at school events, friends’ birthday parties, and really any place you can. True involvement may also mean trying out those fun things that come from your child’s imagination. When we allow our kids to explore their own interests and natural talents, we show them that we love who they are and want to be involved.