Parenting Resources

The Importance of Fathers

Psychologists have long acknowledged the important role that fathers play in the lives of their families. Now research studies published this year provide additional information on the significance of fathers– beginning at the time of a baby’s conception.  

Fathers’ health is now shown to impact the development of the unborn baby.  Fathers’ hormones change after the birth of a baby and so fathers may influence mothers’ responses post-partum.

When fathers are involved with their children, the children are more likely to excel academically and they have better physical and emotional health.

The National Center for Fathering states, “Children from fatherless homes are more likely to be poor, become involved in drug and alcohol abuse, drop out of school, and suffer from health and emotional problems.”  These children not only experience behavioral changes, but their very genes are negatively affected.  

This NPC pages below describe some of this new research as well as ideas for fathers to enhance their parenting skills.  Since the importance of fathers is often downplayed in our society, these pages focus more on the scientific research rather than the practical ways to implement the information.  

Have fun as you think together of creative ways for fathers to play a greater role in their children’s lives!