In a recent poll discussing whether fathers today are more or less involved in their children's lives than they were 20 years ago, respondents were decidedly undecided. While statistics conclude that there are more single-parent families and families without fathers than ever before in American history, even fathers who do not live with their children full time are more involved in parenting than they once were.
THE IMPACT OF FATHERS ON CHILDREN
A 2006 study sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services shows the positive impact of fathers on the development of children is significant. While the positive results increased again in homes with two parents consistently, the fact of fathers living separately from children was less of a determinate than fathers who were uninvolved in their children's lives.
INCREASED EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
Children with involved fathers are more likely to achieve academically, finish school and pursue college and postgraduate degrees. They have higher test scores, higher literacy rates and a greater sense of academic achievement.
BETTER SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT
Those children who have regular and meaningful contact with their fathers are more affectionate, more likable, have more friends and more satisfying relationships of all kinds.
LESS DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE
Children with actively involved fathers have less addiction, fewer arrests, are less violent and less likely to drop out of school than those with absent fathers.
BETTER SENSE OF HUMOR
Fathers tend to cultivate a child's sense of humor, sense of self, attention span, ability to focus and sense of enjoyment.
An involved father can make a difference in a child's life. If you do not live with your children, a San Diego area family law attorney can help you stay active in your children's lives by creating a realistic parenting plan and time-sharing agreement.