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The 'Father Effect': Why We Need Dads To Be More Engaged and Involved With Child Rearing

It might seem like a no-brainer for us to think that parents who are more involved in their children's lives would positively affect their growth and development. But there have been several studies that show the nuances of what it really means to do parenting well, and how both parents contribute to their child.

In this article, we focus on dads and how the "Father Effect" starts very early on and continues until children become adults. Joshua A. Krisch tells us what it truly means to be involved in a child's life especially for dads who conventionally feel that they do not necessarily need to exert as much effort into rearing their children and doing the bare minimum would be enough. Studies suggest otherwise.

In a nutshell, this is what the Father Effect is:

“The Father Effect” is the umbrella term for the benefits of a paternal presence. These effects can be numerous when fathers actively participate in family life. “There needs to be a minimum amount of time spent together, but the quality of time is more important than the quantity of time,” Amato says. “Just watching television together, for example, isn’t going to help much.”

Read on for more on Fatherly.

(Image credit: Kelsey Wroten for Fatherly)


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