4 Reasons Why Being An Involved Father Pays And The Science Behind It

March 14, 2019



We often hear about a mother’s relationship with a child. There have also been many research and case studies made on the mother-child relationship. But, it was only a couple of decades ago when psychologists started to study the roles of fathers and the importance of their role in child rearing.

Michael Lamb, a renowned professor of Psychology at the University of Cambridge and author of the book The Role of the Father in Child Development said in 1975 that fathers are the forgotten contributors to child development. This statement makes sense as fathers in the 1960s, and early 1970s were often seen as someone who lacks the necessary relationship with their children. However, over the years we were able to see a massive shift in the dynamics of parenting. Even the level of fatherhood in the Philippines is slowly changing as we see a lot of involved father stepping up to the role.


Fatherhood in The Philippines


Times are changing, and the role of a father in a Filipino family is now more than just a provider and a disciplinarian. They’re now regarded as partners in child rearing and appreciated for their input in parenting. Even the number of single fathers and stay-at-home Dads are increasing. Parenting in the Philippines has gone through a total transformation, one which included fathers.

According to experts, an involved father gets to benefit from the Father Effect. It means that kids who are fortunate enough to have their dads in their life can actually excel and perform better in life.

Here are four more reasons why you need to be an involved father and how it can pay off:

Higher IQ


In a study made in Britain by Dr. Daniel Nettle, they found out that children who had involved fathers had a higher IQ and are more socially mobile. Even after the age of 40, these differences were still apparent when compared to those with uninvolved fathers or absent parents. In a Chinese study, it was also noticed that the Father’s warmth toward their children had an impact on how they performed academically.

Higher EQ


More than having a higher IQ, a child with an involved father can take advantage of having higher emotional intelligence. According to a number of studies, children who had both engaged parents resulted in lower delinquency and aggressive behavior later on in life. Canadian research made by Erin Pougnet found out that those children with absent fathers are more likely to develop depression and anxiety as they grow up.

Helps Lower Sexual Risk For Daughters


When it comes to restricting sexual risk, an engaged and involved father plays the role best. A study made by Danielle DelPriore shows that teenage daughters who have strong relationships with their dads take have a lesser sexual risk. This kind of phenomenon is more popularly known as ‘Daddy Issues.’ While we often see this kind of behavior portrayed in movies, it has some science behind it. This kind of sexual promiscuity was often attributed to less parental control from the father.

Less Aggressive Behavior For Sons


An involved father will mean that their sons will have a positive male influence in their life. This kind of impact would mean that they will have better relationships later in life. These boys will also get into less trouble because of their higher emotional intelligence. Finally, it helps them generate a healthy gender identity and none of that toxic masculinity that we all know.

Bottomline


As a father, you need to realize that what you do, what you say and what you show your kids will have an impact when they grow up. Merely spending time with your child won't magically increase their IQ. You also have to ensure that you are engaged and present as the quality of time you spend with your child outweighs its quantity. It pays to be an involved father, and the best time to start is while they're young.

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