Alaska fathers like you may struggle with involvement in your child’s life. Are you too involved? Are you not involved enough? Striking that balance is often difficult. This is especially true if you are new to fatherhood.
But there are many reasons why your child needs an active father. In these situations, it is better to err on the side of active. But what does being an active father mean anyway?
Why are active fathers important?
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse discusses why developing children need active fathers. First, they need your financial support. Families with active fathers are often “better off” financially speaking. Your child will have better access to healthy development. This includes healthcare services, shelter, clothing, medical care and more.
It enhances their self esteem. At the same time, it provides them with emotional support. Having two parents allows children to have twice the level of support. If your child struggles with something with your co-parent, they can also try to figure it out with you.
Helping a healthy child’s development
You give your child someone to play with. This will help keep them entertained. In some cases, you may also help enrich them. If you are active and present, that is also one more person your child can ask questions of. This will become increasingly valuable as your child ages.
You provide them with a source of emotional and mental security. The presence of a father figure also helps to hone your child’s sense of morality. They can learn important life skills from you too, that their mother may not have.