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A Father’s role in a Child’s life

A Father’s role in a Child’s life

by: Dr. (Maj) Manish Mannan
HOD Paediatrics & Neonatology

Fathers are central to the emotional well-being of their children; they are capable caretakers. If a child’s father is affectionate, supportive, and involved, he can contribute greatly to the child’s cognitive, language. Fathers contribute in a major way to the social development, as well as academic achievement, a strong inner core resource, sense of well-being, good self-esteem, and authenticity of the child. Children are it said usually copy their fathers, especially boys. Children tend to consider their father’s idols and wish to follow them in their footpaths.

It is a very important question to ask why a father matters in our lives? The answer is it is the father who plays an important role in child’s development whether it is mentally, emotionally or socially. Children who have care taking and involved fathers have an advantage over the children who have less involved or distant fathers. This involvement motivates the child and gives him a sense of confidence.

Children with fathers who ask about what they learned in school and their day-to-day activities and relationships do better in school than kids who don’t have that kind of interest from their fathers. An involved father reads to his child, goes for outings with his child, is interested in his child’s education, and takes a role equal to the mother’s in managing his child. Children with this type of father are more likely to excel in academics and get good grades at school.

It is found that, overall, the love or rejection of mothers and fathers equally affects kids’ behaviour, self-esteem, emotional stability, and mental health. But in some cases, the withdrawal of a father’s love seems to play a bigger role in kids’ problems with personality and psychological adjustment, delinquency, and substance abuse. Father involvement makes a real difference, whether in the areas of intellectual development or psychological development.

Undoubtedly then, fathers have important roles to play in their children’s lives. Here are few of them:

  • A father plays a role of protector in his child’s life – It is innate in all the fathers they protect their child.
  • A father is the provider of all the facilities to his kids.
  • The guiding hand – A very vital role that a father plays is the role of a teacher. He teaches his kids all the lessons of life as well as academics.
  • The role of a friend or playmate – This is again a very important role that a father has to play in order to get attached and share a great bond with his kids.
  • The father is the head and servant of the family – He has to lead and demonstrate his roles and responsibilities to his wife and children. Though the father is the head and leader of the family, he has to exercise these roles in the spirit of servant leadership. He serves without expecting anything in return.

Of course, fulfilling all these roles is a difficult and challenging thing to do. But once you have pulled up your socks to play the roles then you will be the happiest father and you will have the happiest kids.


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