Impact of Fathering

1. Fathers foster/encourage a child’s curiosity

· Fathers naturally engage in play more readily than mothers (sensory motor, object, symbolic, fantasy, and structured)

· Fathers engage more physically

· A secure base is developed furthering exploration

2. Fathers develop problem solving skills

· Fathers bring a higher level of expectation than mothers

3. Children become more tolerant & have less stress

· Fathers increase a child’s adrenaline level, increased heart rate

· Emotional regulation is created

· Stressful situations are seen as less scary

· Become more willing to try new things

4. Children’s intellectual ability is increased significantly

· Reading skills – 3rd grade reading levels

· Verbal skills

5. Children develop a greater sense of attachment abilities

· Increases exploration

· Increases identity

· Identify their roles thru their fathers eyes

· Promotes positive self-esteem

6. Foster the ability to view things from another persons viewpoint

· Agree to disagree

· Encourages respect

· Promotes boundaries

7. Strong fathering increases a child’s ability to accept gender roles

· Fathers cook, clean, do laundry, school/field trips

· Mothers work, garden/yard work, fix things, play

8. Increases self-control & boundaries

· Moral sensitivity is primarily taught by fathers

Source:  Research and literature from child psychiatrist Dr. Kyle Pruett, M.D.