Some people think your job only starts when your son can kick a ball or your daughter needs a chauffeur. But the 700+ research papers published annually prove beyond doubt that paternity is indispensable.
Taken from He’s Having A Baby by Jack O’Sullivan
Ten reasons why you matter:
1. Who else, other than mum, will tuck her into bed at night, teach her how to ride a bike, fund her first holiday with friends and buy her first pint?
2. He’s got your genes. You are a part of his history, who he is, how he looks, right down to those big ears and awkward gait.
3. You matter to your partner, too. When you get stuck in from the start, breastfeeding is more successful and she is less likely to suffer from postnatal depression.
4. You’ll raise brainy kids. Children with involved fathers have better social skills when they reach nursery and do better in examinations at 16.
5. Being a good dad keeps your child sane. Father-child closeness is a crucial predictor of long-term mental health.
6. Successful professional women tend to have at least one thing in common: fathers who respect and encourage them.
7. Do well as a father and, when your child’s time comes, she’ll be a better mum.
8. You’ll keep him out of the clink. Good fathering means your son is less likely to have a criminal record.
9. She’ll be happier later: father involvement at age 7 is correlated with your daughter’s contentment with love at 33.
10. Do you want your child to have higher self-esteem, be friendly, and trust others? Your influence makes a difference.