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Why do children need their fathers?

Whether you are currently going through a divorce in California or you are considering the matter, there are a lot of issues negotiate. One of the most difficult may be that of child custody and determining where your children will live once you are divorced or separated. While some children are placed in single-parent households, studies show that children fare better when they have consistent exposure to both their father and their mother. In fact, there are many studies conducted by different organizations reporting the importance of fathers in children’s lives.

One study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education reported that children were 43 percent more likely to earn good grades when they had highly involved fathers in their lives compared to children who did not have active fathers. Furthermore, children with active fathers have a higher self-esteem, achieve higher levels of education, maintain stronger relationships and show less behavioral problems. It starts early, when children are toddlers. Fathers tend to provide a sense of security and help kids to be confident when exploring new situations.

When fathers participate in everyday activities, such as running errands, watching TV, playing in the yard, eating dinner together and enjoying video games, children experience a better overall development. While mothers are also important, fathers’ roles differ from those of mothers’ in the household. Children need both types of relationships. Fathers encourage risk, show discipline, play and protect their kids.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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