The role of a father in the early development stage of any child is extremely important, and we can never underestimate it or even compare it to the mother’s role, as they both have a connectively separate responsibility.

Fathers are capable caretakers and disciplinarians. Dads can directly contribute to the language, cognitive ability, social skills and academic achievement of their children. They are role models that their children look up to, and when cooperating well with mom, a child can grow up to become a happy and a healthy human being.

 

Dads highly influence their children

Boys and girls as such will always look at their own dad as a superhero.

A young boy will always vision these kinds of thoughts in his mind: dad is strong and can carry any weight, no matter how heavy it is. Dad can do the hard things around the house (and everywhere else). Dad likes racing cars, video games, wrestling, running loudly, and can throw a ball better than anyone else – be it football or dodge ball. Dad is my idol and (in most cases) I want to be just like him when I grow up.

A boy would want to imitate almost every behaviour his dad does, and would try to seek his acceptance or approval in everything. The child could become a mini version of his own father as he simply sees him as the best man in the world.

In almost every father-daughter relationship we see, girls are treated as princesses by dad in their childhood. He is always the source of protection who will give me what I want when mom says no (well not always, but we know that dad has no power over his little diva sometimes).

After growing up, girls will probably look for men who hold similar attributes to their old man. After all, dad knows ‘how to do it’ simply because he is dad, my powerful, charming prince.

 

Fathers and mothers both contribute to all aspects of a child’s life

Similar to the mother’s role, an actively involved father in his children’s life will provide them with a healthy development and wellbeing.

A strong bond is created between a baby and her mother the second she is born. Dads on the other hand are more likely to develop a great bond with their child later in life.

Right before toddler stage, most kids will start longing to their dads and enjoying their time with them very much, and especially during play-time.

Dads use a different type of approach with their little ones. It could be different words or tone of voice, and let’s not forget the encouragement of risk-taking while playing. The thrill that your child lives in when he/ she is thrown high up and down by dad, for example, is truly incomparable to how mom plays.

 

Discipline

Men in general are more rational in certain circumstances. They tend to avoid emotional affections when they face a serious incident, and hence can deploy discipline rules effectively.

Between mom and dad, there is always this balance of emotional control. Dads can direct any situation in a practical and persuasive manner.

From personal experience, a father can sometimes control a tantrum faster than a mom. This obviously doesn’t happen all the time, but I, a mom, have been through situations where I couldn’t manage to calm down my son and get him to settle, and dad was there to the rescue. His tone carried ‘firmness’ and insistence that encouraged my son to somehow ‘reason’ and reduce his tension in a short period of time.

Fathers may have a different approach, which makes the child respond better in certain cases. In my case, dad’s contribution with discipline has always been extremely supportive as we were/ are both on the same page when it comes to applying certain rules.

 

The closer the father, the healthier life a child can gain

Dad’s don’t need to be too strict with their kids. Setting boundaries between a father and his child while growing up is important as to not lose respect between the two. However, the closer the father to his kid, the healthier and happier his child’s life will be.

Being close and friendly with your kid will certainly encourage your child to be more honest about his feelings, intentions and plans. This will help dad be aware and thus be able to guide and direct his little one, in addition to supporting him positively to make the right decisions.