Fathers – they are an interesting group, a group whose roles have changed over the past 50 years. Thanks to their changing roles and the rise in research on the family nucleus, scientists and researchers have learned a lot of cool and interesting aspects about fathers. Check them out below!
- Involved fathers impact their children in amazing ways.
Fathers can impact their children’s life in ways you might not expect. Children who have fathers who are very involved will have fewer behavioral issues and will score higher on reading exams, plus make more A’s in school. What’s awesome about this is that research has learned that it doesn’t matter if the father is a biological father, a single father, or a stepfather – it’s their involvement in the child’s life that is most significant.
Other studies have shown that children with involved fathers are less likely to do drugs or drink alcohol, will be more emotionally secure, and have better social interaction with their peers.
- New dads bond with their children on a hormonal level.
Did you know that a new father’s hormone levels change when they have a baby? They do! Their levels of oxytocin (a “love hormone”) increases allowing for the fathers to bond with their children in different ways. The study found that dads with higher levels of oxytocin paid more attention to their kids, and provided more touch and eye contact while interacting with their babies.
Even more interesting, is that the father’s testosterone levels lower by 30% within the first three weeks of their baby’s life, allowing fathers to better bond on a nurturing level with their child. How cool is that?
- Fathers who are more involved with household chores, inspire their daughters to reach for higher success.
The actions of fathers can inspire their children to be more ambitious – especially when it comes to fathers and their daughters. Research discovered that fathers who are more involved in doing household chores or have an equal role in the household responsibilities, will actually inspire their daughters to be more ambitious and reach for higher goals and higher paying careers.
So while, yes, fathers should encourage gender equality in their households and encourage their daughters to be successful through words, they can do a lot more by showing their daughters that they don’t have to fit in “traditional” or stereotypical roles.
- Dads are harder on themselves when it comes to parenting than moms.
A study in 2015 found that dads are far harder on themselves than mothers when it comes to their personal views about parenting. Many note that they don’t spend as much time with their children as they wish they could – proving that they too have feelings of guilt for working. Still, fathers today are actually spending far more time than their fathers spent with them. In fact, dads spend about seven hours a week doing childcare, whereas their fathers spent only 2.5 hours.
- Dads teach their kids more than they realize during play.
Studies suggest that fathers have a more playful interaction with their children versus mothers. And yet, it’s this playful nature by fathers that impacts children in more ways than one. When fathers create excitement within their child during play, they are actually teaching their kids how to control their feelings and develop emotional communication skills.