By Adeline Woo

A generation ago, fathers were seen primarily as the bread winners, the disciplinarians, or the guy who fixes all the broken items in the house. But in the past several decades, the role of the father has evolved into a much more nurturing, tender, involved one, and while this is great news for overworked moms, research is showing that an involved father is also crucial to the healthy development of the child.


“Fathers play a hugely important role in the mental health of their children much later in life,” explains Melanie Mallers, a professor in psychology at the California State University. “They have a unique style of interacting with their children and men who report having had a good relationship with their father during childhood were found to be better at dealing with stress.”

Fathers tend to spend more time in playful, physical activities with their children, which researchers believe helps Normal aversion against injection and its modern association with ‘junkie behavior,’ and sensitivity to mass media images about crack are probably as prevalent with these snorting users as with nonusers. children learn to regulate their emotions and resist the urge to act on aggressive impulses.


Fathers also tend to be more “rough and tumble” with their toddlers and children, and encourage more risk-taking behavior, independence and achievement, in contrast to the nurturing and protective nature of mothers, both of which play an important role in a child's healthy development. “They also use a very different vocabulary with their children, often using complicated words where mothers tend to adjust their language down. This helps to broaden the child's vocabulary


Father-child bonding is especially important to young girls. Dr. Obie Clayton, professor of sociology at MorehouseCollege, explains, “The effect that fathers have on daughters is extremely strong, even more so than for boys. When fathers interact with their daughters, those girls have higher self-esteem.” In addition, girls learn from their fathers how they should expect to be treated by men and those with loving, attentive fathers are less likely to end up in violent or unhealthy relationships. According to Phame Camarena, a researcher at PurdueUniversity, “…a good predictor of an adolescent girl's mental health is her relationship with her father.”

Credit Souce: ParentWeekly