Fathers Matter

Being a father is one of the most important jobs you will ever have. In the past, most fathers went to work to support their families, while raising children was the mother’s job.

Things have changed. In many families today, both parents work for pay. In others, the father stays at home caring for the children, while the mother goes out to work.

Other fathers work from their homes, and some fathers do not live with their children. Some share custody of their children with their ex-partners, and some are single parents.

No matter what your family is like, it can be hard to balance the demands of your work and your family. But spending time with your children in their first six years is one of the best things you can do for them. Being involved in your child’s life doesn’t make you less of a man.

Getting involved in your children’s lives is the way to have them develop a strong bond with you. And being close to someone who loves them will make your children feel loved and secure.

When a baby is very young, many fathers feel there is no role for them because the baby depends so much on the mother. Babies do need their mothers, but there are many important things you, the baby’s father, can do, whether your child is a newborn or toddler.

Whatever you do with your children, the important thing is to spend time together. Show your children that you love them and that they have your attention. All these activities help you and your children know, trust and love each other.

You have what it takes to be a great father.

What you can do:

  • Play with your child.

  • Change your baby’s diapers.

  • Cuddle your children, and give them hugs and kisses.

  • Bathe, talk, read and sing to your baby.

  • Take your child to the babysitter or to school.

  • Take your child for walks.

  • Take your children to the library or a community program.

  • Take your children to play in the park.

  • Put your children to bed.

  • Have fun together. Be silly! Make funny faces and make your baby laugh. EY

For more information call:
Parent Help Line
1-888-603-9100

Dads Can
1-888-Dads Can
(1-888-323-7226)

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