The importance of being a father is not limited to the benefits to children. In fact, research has found that having a positive father involvement carries benefits for men as well.
Fathers have much to benefit from their relationships with their children. A few of the main benefits for involved fathers:
- More developed sense of self and self-confidence Greater ability to care for others; a more mature understanding of empathy
- An increased ability to express and demonstrate positive emotions Increased ability to delay gratification in benefit of others
- A greater participation in the community Larger involvement in the church
A greater sense of well-being and personal satisfaction Source: “The Effects of Father Involvement: A Summary of the Research Evidence,” Father Involvement Initiative Ontario Network, Fall 2002 newsletter; and Glen Palm, “Involved Fatherhood: A Second Chance,” Journal of Men’s Studies, November 1993.
“The guys who fear becoming fathers don’t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects men.” —Frank S. Pittman, M.D.