Saturday, June 16, 2007

Happy Father's Day!

When I was a little kid, I used to have a lamp in my room, with a little button pinned to it. The button said, "Anyone can be a father... but it takes someone special to be a DADDY!"
It took me a long time to understand what that meant!
And now, on father's Day, I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about the importance of dads. (Not to say mothers aren't important! They certainly are! But in a society that tends to see dads as sort of disposable, its good to take a closer look at what our Dads really give us!)
Here's what we know about the importance of dads in a child's life...
-When kids are babies, dads are likely to greet them with a tickle or other stimulation. Babies learn to expect the interaction!
- Dads tend to encourage toddlers to do more and try new things!
- Children who have fathers in their lives learn better, have higher self-esteem, and show fewer signs of depression than children without fathers.
-Dads are more straight-forward with their children, and prepare them for the Real World.
- Children whose fathers are involved in their lives are less likely to drop out of school and/or have problems with relationships as adults.
-Among children who's parents are no longer living together, kids who are able to see their father on a regular basis are less likely to be aggressive.
- Kids whose fathers are involved in reading to them and helping them with their homework do better with logic and mathematical problems.
- Boys who have a strong, positive father in their life are less likely to join gangs or engage in violence.
- Dads who spend regular time with their children, doing positive things, have children who grow up to be kind and empathic adults.
- Boys look to their dads to learn how they should treat women, when they grow up.
- Girls look to their dads to learn how they should expect to be treated by men, when they grow up.

We know having a positive father-figure is a wonderful thing for a child. But there are many children in this world who do not have a father in their lives. For those kids, a loving and supportive male relative, mentor, or family friend can make a big difference too! So if you know a kid who could use a dad in their life, step up and be there for them. Mentor a child, spend time with a niece or nephew, or sign up to be a Double Duty Dad!

Meanwhile, I'd like to send a shout-out to my own Dad - aka Mr. Palehose! Thanks, Dad, for always being there for me!

Father's Day Animations

Father's Day Animations

1 comment:

melody said...

Wonderful post. I say a daily prayer of thanks for the unbelievably awesome father my husband is.

Cute that you hijacked your dad's blog. :)