Small Moments Make a Big Difference
North American Precis Syndicate
Recent studies confirm that fathers play a central role in their children's lives. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—There are about 74 million children in America today and if
you’re a parent, here’s something you should know: involved
fathers—whether they live with their kids or not—can help their
children lead happier, healthier and more successful lives. Children who feel
close to their fathers are two times more likely to go to college or find a
job after high school, 80 percent less likely to end up in jail and 50
percent less likely to experience depression.1 The small moments
kids enjoy spending with their fathers can make a big difference in their
lives. If you’re like most fathers, you’re already doing what you
can to be a great dad. Here’s a look at five easy ways to keep it up.
What You Can Do
1. Spend time with your children.
2. Be a positive role model.
3. Send a text to stay connected when far away.
4. Read to your children.
5. Remember #DadJokesRule!
There has been a massive growth in fatherhood involvement over decades—fathers
now spend nearly triple the amount of time with their children than fathers
did in the 1960s.2
What Dads are Already Doing
Recent research suggests fathers are already very involved:
• 90 percent consider their role as a dad to be rewarding day in and
• 78 percent have talked to their child’s teacher about
progress in school.4
• 61 percent have attended a PTA or other school meeting.5
• Over half have helped with a class trip, special project or
• Over a third of fathers have helped with coaching their
children’s sports teams.7
Even though fathers are largely more involved than in previous
generations, dads today still want to be more engaged. Nearly half say they
don’t spend enough time with their kids and want to do a better job at
To help more fathers understand the importance of their role in their
children’s lives, the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services’ Administration for Children and Families, the National
Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (@fatherhoodgov), and the Ad Council
(@adcouncil) have partnered on a national Responsible Fatherhood Campaign.
“All dads should be supported and celebrated for their efforts on
Father’s Day and year-round because we know how the story ends for the
kids whose fathers show up for them consistently—these children and
families thrive,” says Kenneth Braswell (@braswellkenneth), Director,
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and Fathers Incorporated.
The campaign drives to Fatherhood.gov a free resource that offers
information, tools and more. Dads can visit the website for ideas to get
involved and stay involved in their children’s lives. Other resources
include activity suggestions, homework help, online games and a long list of
dad jokes! No matter how busy you may be, make time for your children. It
only takes a moment to make a moment.
For helpful tips, tools, information, jokes and resources, visit www.fatherhood.gov.
(2017). Changing systems & practices to improve outcomes for young
fathers, their children & their families. Washington, DC: Center for the
Study of Social Policy. Retrieved from https://www.cssp.org/pages/body/Changing-Systems-Practice-Young-Fathers.pdf
& Gretchen, L. (2017). 6 facts about American fathers. Washington, DC:
Pew Research Center. Retrieved from http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/15/fathers-day-facts/
Snapshot 2018, 2013-2015 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)
“Small moments can make the
biggest difference in a child’s life. Take time to be a dad today.
@fatherhoodgov @adcouncil @braswellkenneth http://bit.ly/2PFf3y9”
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