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Fathers More Involved With Kids

Fathers More Involved With Kids

More fathers are proud to say they change the diapers, bathe, dress and play with their children.

A recent myth-busting government survey showed fathers' involvement in their kids' lives has increased even since it first asked the question back in 2002.

Pediatrician David Hill has authored books on parenting, and says more involved fathers lead to healthier children.

“There is a lot of data that suggests children whose fathers are involved in their lives every day make better grades, their less given to delinquency, to drug use, to early sexual experimentation,” says Dr. Hill.

Dr. Hill tells KTRH News that in just a couple of generations, the job of raising children has gone from woman’s work to more men taking care of the baby, reading bedtime stories, and helping with homework.

“Fathers today really don't want to be that dad who just comes home and grumps at the dinner table and retires to the study with a glass of scotch,” he says.  “We really want to be out there playing with our kids and taking them to school.”

Of course, most of these fathers live with their kids.  They also tend to have a higher education than fathers not so involved.

“More woman are taking on the role of the being the bread winner and dad is in the home,” says relationship therapist Mary Jo Rapini.  “But a lot of it is dads are understanding that its very important that they become involved with their baby and child.”

“When dad holds the baby on his bar chest as soon as the baby is born and the baby begins to recognize his scent, the baby's brain development actually improves,” she says.

Daddy time with children has increased even since a survey in 200 which found fathers spent just two hours weekly interacting with their kids -- that was double the time spent in 1965.

 

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