The Father Factor

With Father’s Day approaching this weekend, the following articles highlight the pivotal role dads play in their children’s development.  Having a close and trusting relationship with parents is predictive of a child’s future friendships, social skills, and romantic relationships.  While past research has under-estimated the importance of exploration and risk-taking in children and the integral part fathers have in encouraging such behaviors, the “father factor” is taking more of a center stage.   “The research could offer dads more leeway in their play with children, suggesting there’s no need for moms or others to worry when fathers stir up or challenge their children—as long as the kids are happy and having fun. Also, dads sometimes can stop a child’s fussing or crying through joking or physical play.”

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Moms, Let Dad Be Dad