Six Ways Dads Influence How Their Kids Turn Out

Sunday is Father’s Day. The best gift you can give him is to remind dad that how much of a wonderful effect he has on your whole family.

According to research, fathers have a significant impact on how smart their kids are, how well-behaved they are, how well they eat, how popular they are . . . and for daughters, how ambitious they are and how early they become sexually active.

So here’s to the dads who take their sons on boys trips, who hold their newborn baby on their chest–heart to heart, dads who put down the iPhone and look at their children when having a conversation, who coach baseball and basketball and soccer, who take their daughters to dance recitals, dads who laugh as their 3 year old little girl puts his hair (what’s left of it) in tiny pig-tails, who go fishing or just sit and watch a sunset, dads who make it to school events and who make it home when it counts. Here’s to you dads,  everywhere!

Enjoy this brilliant list from….and Happy Father’s Day.

1.  Fathers can make their kids grow up smart.  The way fathers talk when they play with their kids can have an important effect on language development.  And infants who have involved and nurturing fathers grow up to have higher IQs.

2.  Fathers can determine when their daughters become sexually active.  Not by grounding them until they’re 40, although that would work in theory.  When fathers are absent in their daughters’ lives, the daughters tend to lose their virginity earlier in life.

3.  Fathers can influence how well-behaved their children are.  Depression in fathers of young children is linked to behavioral problems when the kids are older.  And kids whose fathers are involved in their lives are less likely to get in trouble at school.

And here’s something interesting: rough-housing between fathers and kids can help CONTROL bullying behaviors later.  The theory is that it teaches children how to manage their aggressive impulses without losing control of their emotions.

4.  Fathers influence their children’s eating habits.  One study found that the number of times a father ate fast food was the biggest influence on how often his children ate it.  And children of authoritarian fathers are also more likely to eat junk food.

5.  Fathers can determine how popular their kids turn out to be.  Children with an involved father are more confident and emotionally secure, and they tend to have better social connections with their peers.

6.  Fathers can also have a special impact on their daughters’ future success.  According to research, fathers who believe in gender equality are more likely to have daughters with high career ambitions.


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