When you were a toddler standing on wobbly legs, you know that Dad will always be there to catch you if you tumble. Fathers are great role models and an irreplaceable figures in children’s lives. Being a father is not a walk in the park. Research shows father play a key role in preparing children for success in school and life. They want their children to succeed, to aspire to bigger and better things. As such, fathers teach their children how to respond to situations accordingly and appropriately. This Father’s Day, we celebrate how dads help kids learn everyday!
When father’s support education, kids excel academically, especially in math!
The impact of positive father involvement affects children in more ways than you think. In a study done by the US Department of Education, children with engaged fathers have a 43% higher chance of achieving A’s in school, and are 33% less likely to repeat a year compared to children without involved fathers.
Most importantly, such positive effects extend to children’s performance in math too. When fathers dedicate more time to activities like storytelling and playing with their children, it leads to improved reading and math scores for the child. Henry Biller, known for his extensive research work on fatherhood and its effects, noted that children with involved fathers show higher confidence and proficiency at solving complicated mathematical and logical puzzles.
Tips for Fathers:
If you want to give your child a boost in their academic work, spending quality time with your child during their childhood is one of the best ways you can help.
When dads are ready for school show so are their kids.
Do you know that engaged fathers can have positive effects on boosting their children’s school readiness? School readiness encompasses a range of behaviors and abilities that allow children to adapt well to school and make the most of their educational opportunities. Being school ready is vital for children’s long-term academic success.
Children with active fathers are found to possess the qualities that help them succeed in the classroom. This group of children reflects more qualities that are critical for learning, such as showing more patience, improved focus, and are better at sustaining interest in their own work. Having active and involved fathers is also linked with positive traits such as showing kindness and being responsible.
Tips for Fathers:
If you’re a dad who’d like to show kids you’re excited for learning, book reading with your children is a great way to start. Find a book for your child and you to read together.
Dads help boost children’s overall health and emotional well-being
Picture this: on a lovely Saturday morning, you come in and… challenge your son to wrestle! Both you and your son tumble, roll around and play-fight on the bed until you tickle him and he bursts into laughter. This has to be one of the most memorable ways fathers play with their sons or daughter. Fathers are known for more active play, that children love. Father child play is shown to be linked with improved socio-emotional abilities in children.
With involved fathers, children experience improved overall well-being and emotional regulation. They show enhanced social competency, enjoy better relationships with friends, and are better at self-regulating their emotions.
Tips for Fathers:
Parents can have different parenting styles and that’s okay. Different parenting styles have their own set of benefits. Guide your children and encourage them to think of different approaches when they face challenges. Be the fun playmate that they need. Dad’s should be there for the fun and exciting moments, as well as the relaxed and caring ones.
Dads: The Superhero of our Hearts!
Dads, don’t underestimate the impact you have on your children. Fatherhood is essential for healthy child development in areas from academic work to emotional well-being. Fathers also provide valuable guidance and love that shape their children’s growth and life. Today, we honor fathers and the sacrifices and contributions they’ve made. Fathers are like no other. As a dad, you are the biggest superhero in your children’s eyes. Wishing all fathers happiness and joy this Father’s Day!
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