Fathers are often being forgotten when we talk about the raising a child. In fact fathers are one of the great resources in the lives of their children. What dads do with their kids, matters the most than how often they do it, even if a father only occasionally dresses, feeds or cares a baby, sure it does make a difference and the child will be sure to benefit from these activities.
Fathers holding and playing with babies matters to child overall upbringing than the overall time they give.
Study shows that dads are originative play-partners; they pick up their babies differently every time they do it. Dads usually have full-of-fun interactions, a tickle or tease before actually carrying their child and babies too enjoy this mode of enjoying.
Dads build baby’s learning ability. Babies get more information from their dads, so they want more and feel more successful about each piece of information. In other words, fresh and new experiences with Dad build a baby’s power to take part in certain events, and this builds their mental faculty.
Dads cheer babies very much. As babies begin to crawl and toddle, exploring the world, fathers tend to let them wander a bit further, and take a few more chances than mothers generally do. Mothers are generally more possessive and protective. A dad’s cheerleading helps babies become confident to carry on with new experiences.
When a man holds a baby they get a sense of security that’s quite different from a mother’s. While Dad’s role may be only a supporting one for things like breastfeeding, it’s absolutely critical in a baby’s development.
Dads make great jungle gyms. Another characteristic of father’s nurture is the access babies feel they have to their father’s intimacy–hair, mustache, and ears etc. This is fun and joy for children and it can be a crucial building block of intimacy and self-esteem with their dads.
In particular, hands-on dads have been found to be vital in creating social skills, independence, a strong moral sense and intellectual skills.
Dads promote persistence. When dads play with their kids, they tend to use fewer props of a specifically educational value but, rather, they incorporate whatever is around. Dads encourage problem-solving, and combine it with an active play style, promoting a quality of sticking with it that serves children well when they’re in school and later, in the workplace.
Dads widen kids’ social views. Moms are more likely to ask a child to stop doing something because it hurts. In other words, she uses her emotional ties with the child as an addressing point. Dad is more likely to remind a child of the social significances of selfish or rudeness.
Dad may also teach something about relationships and Mom about the world, but each basic message tends to be distinct, and it is a fortunate child who hears the harmony in both of these tunes.
Dads help sons to be nurturing. A boy whose father has bathed and fed him knows that nurturing is something dads do. And when it’s his turn to be a dad, he’ll think of nurturing as part of his gender identity, and he’ll honor it just as his own mom and dad did.
Dads help daughters feel competent. A daughter who has been helped to feel both feminine and powerful by a loving, caring dad knows that the world is an intriguing, fascinating place that is hers to enter, shape, contribute to, and enjoy.
But as profound an effect as men have on their children reverse may be truer. When a man becomes a father, he often softens around the edges, becoming protective in ways he’s never been before. A new dad may even remember a particular moment when he realized that he was doing great, just being himself with his child.
Neuroscientists have found that, up to the age of five, physical play actually develops the parts of children’s brains that create better coordination and sporting ability.
On top of that, one study found that a greater amount of physical play with the father corresponds to better, deeper friendships with children and their peers because they learn self-control, how to manage and express their emotions and recognize others’ cues.
Let Dad broaden the kids’ horizons
How? Because dads tend to let kids roam a bit farther and aren’t generally as fussed about them looking immaculate and eating the right things partly because they don’t suffer the judgment of other mothers, they tend to open kids up to new experiences.
And the result; your little ones will have increased confidence and a willingness to explore, both of which are great building blocks for brainpower.
The more prominent dads are in their children’s lives, the more the children learn to successfully negotiate two separate but equally important relationships – Mum and Dad.
“Distinct relationships from an early age equip children to deal with the broader, more diverse range of people they’ll meet in the future.
The greatest irony of having a baby is that the relationship that made it happen can be the biggest casualty.
One of the most important ways for a dad to raise children is to love their mother and similarly, the other way round.