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Why kids fare better when they know their fathers

Every child across Texas deserves to know who his or her father is, and research suggests that those who maintain at least some degree of a relationship with their fathers ultimately fare better in many different areas of life. At the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway, we understand the importance of children having relationships with their fathers, and we have helped mothers and fathers alike determine paternity and take other strides to help encourage these relationships.

Per Fatherly, the benefits children experience when they have active fathers are collectively known as the “Father Effect,” and even fathers who do not see their children regularly can have a positive impact on their overall well-being. Research suggests that “warmth” is a key aspect of the Father Effect, and that dads who demonstrate warmth toward their children can affect them positively, even if they only see them in small doses.

Just how does knowing who their fathers are, and having those dads play active roles in their lives, affect your children? For starters, kids who grow up with active dads are more likely to find themselves in healthy romantic relationships and less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior. Furthermore, they are more likely to grow up and secure gainful employment, and they are less likely to become homeless, or to have to rely on public assistance.

Children who grow up knowing their dads are also less likely to drop out of high school, and they experience benefits relating to their emotional and physical health, too. Kids with active fathers are less likely to become obese over time, and they are also less likely to suffer from emotional issues. More about fatherhood and paternity is available on our web page.

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