Dads of the past were often seen as a part of, but distant from, the family proper. However things are changing – and for the better.
With the Family Day holiday fresh in our minds, it’s interesting to note that fathers not only want to spend equal time with their children, but when they do, it improves the health of the kids, mother and father.
Studies show more than two out of three fathers say that caregiving for their children should be a 50/50 proposition and they wanted to evenly divide this responsibility with their partners.
Furthermore, 80 per cent of fathers preferred quality family time over other quality down time.
Fathers are more than a nice, supportive add-on to the family system. Fathers matter. They bring a special way of nurturing and bonding that must be encouraged and affirmed for the benefit of the women, children and even men themselves.