The way a father acts with and towards his child has a big influence on his child’s development. Through current scientific research we are now articulating some of the specifics. We can no longer burden mothers with placing the psychological well being of their child solely on the mother-child bond. A number of writers are now making the scientific research on fatherhood available in “decoded” formats for every parent to have access to. Here are three ways dads make a real difference in the lives of their children.
Some current trends for dads from our editorial staff at the Fathers’ Forum blog.
Researchers from Yale University scanned the brains of 16 university-educated professionals at different stages of their young child’s life, and discovered that becoming a father can trigger a major brain chemistry change.
When a couple is expecting a baby, it’s not just the mother that goes through hormonal changes. A new study suggests impending fatherhood coincides with a drop in two hormones in men—testosterone and estradiol—even before the baby is born.
How President Johnson’s War on Poverty had unexpected outcomes for Black Fathers.
The world of fatherhood is changing in so many ways. Stay informed of the current trends in fatherhood here on our blog. If you want to discuss the changes you are going through as a dad join one of our groups in the San Francisco area in California or our developing online community at the New Dads Network.
- From birth onward your physical presence is important to your child. Understand how “being there” for your children often means saying little but standing in the audience, sitting in the bleachers or driving the carpool.
- Listen, listen, listen and listen to everything your children want to tell you. As they get older take seriously their positions, ideas and opinions.