It is not surprising that both mothers and fathers play a crucial role in their children’s lives. When parents file for divorce, however, children often get stuck between homes, either in the sole-custody of one parent or traveling back and forth between parents. Research on the importance of parent roles and the way they contribute to a child’s development has been in the forefront, challenging parents to put their marital differences aside and do what is in the best interest of the kids.
The Father Involvement Research Alliance conducted a review of studies focused on families and found that children who are involved with their fathers are more confident in new situations, emotionally secure and comfortable exploring their surroundings. Children who spend time with their dads are more likely to do better in school, achieve better educational outcomes and are less likely to develop depression. When boys spend more time with their fathers, they are not as likely to show impulsivity, aggression and have more direction in life when compared to those who do not have access to their fathers. Furthermore, girls with active fathers are less likely to become pregnant at an early age and often display a higher sense of self.
Overall, research has shown that children who spend time with their fathers achieve better grades, develop solid, long-lasting relationships, have better marriages and achieve more successful careers than kids who do not have involved fathers. Since both parents influence kids differently, it is important that children have access to both parents.