Research has shown that Right from birth, children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, be confident to explore their surroundings, and, as they grow older, have better social connections with peers.
These children also are less likely to get in trouble at home, school, or in the neighborhood. Infants who receive high levels of affection from their fathers (e.g., babies whose fathers re¬spond quickly to their cries and who play with them) are more securely attached; that is, they can explore their environment comfortably when a parent is nearby and can readily accept comfort from their parent after a brief separation. A number of studies suggest they also are more sociable and popular with other children throughout early childhood.
The way fathers play with their children also has an im¬portant impact on a child’s emotional and social develop¬ment. Fathers spend a much higher percentage of their one-on-one interaction with infants and preschoolers in stimulating, playful activity than do mothers. From these interactions, children learn how to regulate their feelings and behavior. Rough-housing with dad, for example, can teach children how to deal with aggressive impulses and physical contact without losing control of their emotions.
Daddies don’t live parenting only to mommies. Children right from birth want to hear daddy’s voice and connect. Dad’s voice is different from moms and babies can tell the difference at even a few weeks old.
Let your children hear and know that you love them as many times as possible. Say “I love you” often! Let your child, from the earliest days, know that he or she is special to you. You can never say “I love you enough. Don’t stop.
Knowing that they have daddy’s love is security enough. It does not matter what anybody else says, daddy’s love can keep them going.