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Most people would agree that mothers are more important influences rather than fathers of their childs life and development into an ideal adult It is generally assumed that mothers can provide unconditional love and affection that a presumably distant father cannot I stand on the side of the opposing opinion Dads give their children advantages that possibly neither parent nor kid would ever be conscious of Statistics about children who do not live with their fathers can be grim Educational success confidence responsible social behavior and adjustment as adults all are certainly negatively affected by a fathers absence in a childs home A careful fathers firm hand can mold his clay child into a hardened figurine Children lacking a loving father or feel rejected by him are more likely to be insecure hostile and aggressive Generally speaking the more actively involved and interested a father is in his childrens care and education the more intellectually developed his children are Kids with involved fathers tend to score higher on tests of thinking skills brain development and empathy One expert proved that the amount of time fathers spend with their children has a direct correlation with their math skills while another study found that children whose fathers encouraged them in sport and fitness activities were more successful in school and in their careers in the futureOne reason that fathers have such an influential role is because they tend to challenge their children to try new experiences and to become more independentBy encouraging children to take on new challenges fathers help them not only to learn new skills but also to take responsibility for their own actions Fathers with a strong commitment to their family provide a model of responsible behavior for their children These children have an internal sense of control which means that they are more likely to believe that their successes and failures are due to their own efforts rather than due to
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