Here are a few things to keep in mind for men who want to become better fathers and life leaders for their kids:
Researchers have proven that children with active fathers in their lives perform better academically, behaviorally and socially. A father’s involvement in schools is associated with the higher likelihood of a student getting mostly As. This was true for fathers in biological parent families, for stepfathers, and for fathers heading single-parent families.
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Fathers Affect Their Children’s Health
Several studies show strong correlations to healthy eating habits, fitness, and a positive body image among boys and girls whose fathers were actively a part of their lives. Studies also show that a father’s inactivity can be a strong predictor of children’s inactivity, and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth indicates that obese children are more likely to live in father-absent homes.
Fatherhood Is Leadership
Like leadership, fatherhood isn’t about authority, position, or title. Fatherhood is about influence—how one life can influence another. A father’s actions and example directly influence the lives of his children and family.
Today’s Father is Present
Today’s father is more active in his children’s lives than at any other time in history. The amount of time the modern father spends with his kids has tripled since 1965.
But being present doesn’t mean being perfect. There are times when every father has doubts. Accepting vulnerability is part of being a good father and leader. Men are sometimes guarded about their emotions and are under tremendous pressure to behave a certain way or conform, which sets up an internal conflict, but being vulnerable is courageous. Vulnerability also means taking advantage of resources to become a better you.
One life can influence another, and fathers can strongly influence their children’s lives, their grandchildren’s lives, and the lives of the children around them. It’s important that fathers realize how much they matter, and develop the skills to love and lead children into healthy, happy lives.
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