Read on to know how daddies can make sure their child is emotionally secure. Kids with involved daddies are more patient, can better handle stress and frustrations !!
They say a mother nurtures a child, while a father gives him traits like independence, risk-taking ability and emotional security. True that.
In India, a mother is usually expected to take care of a baby and her needs, while a daddy’s role is usually neglected. But it makes a lot of difference to a child’s well-being if dads are allowed and encouraged to get involved with the baby right from the birth and the responsibilities go beyond just lending a helping hand in changing nappies.
An involved father makes sure his child is emotionally secure. Various studies have indicated that biological daddies have a direct impact on the well-being of their children especially in the areas of cognitive ability, linguistic skills, educational achievement, social behavior and psychological well-being.
In simple words, a father is capable of making his child confident to explore the surroundings, have better social connections and has higher levels of academic readiness while a mother may feel extra-protective for her little one.
Dr. Seema Hingorany, an established clinical psychologist and relationship expert from Mumbai, says, “Times are changing and parents are aware that a father’s role is as important as the mother’s in the development and well-being of the child. Both parents pass on personality traits to the child and a father’s role is thus very important and shouldn’t be ignored. Unlike earlier, nowadays couples have one or two kids and they want to give them the best. It is important that a father figure doesn’t induce fear in a child’s mind but makes him look up to his father as somebody who is there to meet his physical and emotional needs, just like a mother. So parenting is a dual effort.”
Kids with involved daddies are more patient, can better handle stress and frustrations and are confident to face the worldly challenges. Needles to mention, fathers’ involvement leads to a psychologically and emotionally healthier growing kid.
Reason enough for you Daddies to go back to building the bond between you and your child. What’s more? The influence of a father’s involvement on academic achievement and behavioral aspects extends into adolescence and young adulthood! Time to read a book to your child or play a board game… trust us, it works.
Tips for daddies
- Smile to your child and give him a hug daily to make him a secure individual.
- Spend time with your child doing activities that give you a chance to interact and communicate.
- Ask open-ended questions in a friendly tone so that the child learns to talk to you freely.
- Choose open-areas and natural surroundings over gadgets and gizmos.
- Cook for your child sometimes, you may also invite him to help you.
- Teaching him a new board game would be a better option than playing video games.
- Share responsibilities with your spouse to meet your child’s social, emotional, academics requirements.
- Make sure you spend 10-minutes with your child before he goes to bed reading a book, telling a story or planning for the next day.