What is the 'Father Effect'?
What is the Father Effect?
The Father Effect, a life’s work, memoir or biography from John Finch on why he dedicated his life to helping families understand how to heal the father wound.
According to www.fatherly.com, The Father Effect shows up in two different ways: good things happen when he’s involved, and not-so-good things happen when he’s not. We are also learning that supporting dads (and father figures) in their parenting role and giving them plenty of help and encouragement increases their involvement. Thanks to relatively new research, we now know that dads who are actively involved with their kids are happier, less depressed, healthier, less likely to commit crimes or abuse drugs or alcohol, and tend to be more satisfied in their jobs and have more successful careers.
Here are just a few examples of the effects on children of having (or not having) an involved father.
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Fathers and father figures, matter. A lot. However, we have a long, long way to go before they’re given the respect, acknowledgment, and support they (and their children) deserve. “Despite robust evidence of fathers’ impact on children and mothers, engaging with fathers is one of the least well-explored and articulated aspects of parenting interventions,” wrote Catherine Panter-Brick, professor of anthropology, health, and global affairs at Yale University. “It is therefore critical to evaluate implicit and explicit biases against men in their role as fathers manifested in current approaches to research, intervention, and policy.”
In short, fathers and father figures can make a dramatic long-term, positive, impact on children. The impacts can stem far beyond that of the classroom, and far into social development capacities; which can include self-esteem, handling stress, vocabulary, self-confidence, leadership, teamwork and other high value characteristics required to be a healthy and productive young adult.
The Lac Courte Oreilles community provides a great deal of opportunities to interact with your children. We encourage you to review our list of resources on the LCO Child Support - Resources page to find opportunities to engage with your child in one of these activities, whether it is; being active, building something, preparing a meal, learning something from your child, or volunteering together.
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