Daddy… My Hero!
As you look back at history in our society, fathers typically have not played a significant role in the early years of their child’s development. More typically, mothers have taken on that role, becoming the primary caretaker through those early formative years. Fathers would participate less frequently in their children’s everyday moments such as feeding, bathing, bedtime, reading, etc. largely because they were working, but as often, because there was a general discomfort with knowing what to do and how to do it. In today’s world, times have changed. More and more fathers are breaking the stereotype, spending quality time with their newborns and taking a much more active role as Dads, particularly through those first 5 years. And it turns out- this is really important for the healthy development of their child.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Father’s Day is celebrated the third Sunday in June in over 50 countries around the world.
- In the underwater world of the seahorse, it’s the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies.
- Children highly involved with their fathers or a consistent male role model have a lesser chance of acquiring behavioral problems.
- Québec has the highest “paternity leave” rate for fathers across Canada.
Just as a baby benefits from the love and nurturing of a mother, a baby also benefits from the love and nurturing of a father. There are special ways for fathers to become really involved in the everyday moments they share with their children:
- Holding your baby near you and talk to them- this actually helps their language and literacy
- Once Mom has finished breastfeeding, take the opportunity to cuddle with your baby with soothing tones – this will help you bond together
- Read picture books daily; even infants benefit from you reading to them
- Play – every day! You are your child’s #1 playmate!
As children grow older they often look up to their fathers for advice; they can share everything with their fathers, just as they do with their mothers. Studies have shown that children with involved fathers or a consistent and positive male role model, build meaningful relationships and are more ready to go to school.
With Father’s Day just around the corner (June 19th), we celebrate Dads!
- When you place a baby on their father's bare chest
- Your baby feels a bonding relationship with you which lasts a lifetime.
- When babies spend time with their Daddy
- They are increasing social skills, which could help in school readiness.