Dads Impact The Lives Of Their Children

Image: Amber Katrina Photography

Despite all of society’s advances over the past century, men are still — too often — viewed by some as their own children’s “babysitters”; when in actuality, research supports the irreplaceable role they play in their everyday lives. Chelsea Clinton recently helped unveil a first-of-its-kind report on fatherhood at the United Nations. The “State of the World’s Fathers,” produced by MenCare and its partners, analyzed hundreds of global studies on fatherhood that show why and how fathers matter.

We partnered with Johnson & Johnson to share findings from the report on global fatherhood, as well as from several other studies that examine the powerful and enduring influence fathers can have on their children.

Image: Amber Katrina Photography

1. Their kids play well with others

Playful and affectionate interaction with fathers is shown to predict a child’s positive social-emotional involvement with others.

2. Their partners and babies are healthier

The involvement of fathers before, during and after the birth of a child has been shown to have “lasting benefits,” including positive effects on maternal and newborn health, from increased prenatal and postnatal health-care visits, to more successful breastfeeding, to higher likelihoods parents will seek out immunizations and care for childhood illnesses.

Image: Amber Katrina Photography

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