According to researchers, a recent, nationally-evocative study illustrates that fathers' involvement in their children's lives has increased since the government's completed an initial study in 2002. This study corresponds with research since the 2002 study that supports the benefits of first-hand fathering.
Decades ago, fathers were not viewed as primary caretakers for children. However, these days the influence of father's on children is crucial to raising a well-adjusted child.
A researcher from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, reported that the results of the survey were quite positive, because others have established that the more fathers take an active role in parenting, the better foundation their children would have.
A father's parenting time with their children resulted in great benefits which included healthier eating habits, increased academic success and fewer behavior issues. Across-the-board, nearly 90 percent of dads said they believed they were doing a good job of caring for their children.
The government study involved close to 4,000 fathers, ages 15 to 44, who were interviewed personally between 2006 and 2010. Most of the men surveyed were married or living with a significant other.
Some important data among fathers living with kids younger than 5 included increased numbers of fathers who ate meals with their kids on a regular basis and played with their children. In addition, nearly two out of three fathers read to their children numerous times each week.
Dads who lived with kids ages 5-18 had positive data as well. Approximately half of the dads brought their kids to activities on a regular basis, and nearly two out of three assisted with homework throughout the week.
Fathers who want to remain a close part of their children's lives should ensure that their rights are protected in child custody hearings by considering retaining an experienced family law attorney.
Source: dispatch.com, "Today’s dads deeply involved in child care, survey reveals" Lindsey Tanner, Dec. 22, 2013