Just in time for Father’s Day I ran across the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) first clinical report on fatherhood since 2004.
It includes fascinating facts on how fathers influence their children’s health in specific ways, including:
- A father’s play tends to be more stimulating and vigorous. Dads’ so-called rough-and-tumble interactions may challenge children to explore and take safe risks, while less-intensive interactions with mothers provide safety and balance.
- Fathers are more likely to introduce new words when they talk with an infant or young child, which can speed language development. A father and child’s communication at age 3 can predict the child’s later language development.
- Adolescents with involved fathers are less likely to engage in high-risk behavior and are less likely to suffer from depression. Girls with involved fathers from an early age have a decreased risk of early puberty, decreased early sexual experiences and pregnancy.
The report, titled “Fathers’ Role in the Care and Development of Their Children: The Role of Pediatricians,” will be published in the July 2016 edition of Pediatrics. And here’s the link to babycenter.com for more info.