Dads are important too

New study shows that fathers are just as important in child’s development as mothers are.

… Mother’s support of the father turns out to be a critical factor in his involvement with their children, experts say — even when a couple is divorced.

The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, found that when couples scored high on positive relationship traits like willingness to compromise, expressing affection or love for their partner, encouraging or helping partners to do things that were important to them, and having an absence of insults and criticism, the father was significantly more likely to be engaged with his children.

Uninvolved fathers have long been accused of lacking motivation. But research shows that many societal obstacles conspire against them. Even as more fathers are changing diapers, dropping the children off at school and coaching soccer, they are often pushed aside in ways large and small.



2 Responses

  1. You confused me with your intro line! I read it and I went into this article kind of panicking because I thought this was going to be another study that said the only children who turn out okay are those raised by both a mom and a dad (so children of gay parents were screwed), but the study itself seems to imply that parental cooperation, mutual love/support/respect, and a positive parental relationship to one another is what makes for awesome parenting, regardless of the sexual orientation of the parents.

  2. I’m sorry I should have been less gender specific in my title, or more specific in my excerpt.

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