If in generations before ours, childcare was generally dominated by mothers, there has been a shift in the concept recently, from motherhood nurturing into parenthood nurturing. The new concept emphasizes on parent’s role and opens opportunity for father’s involvement.
Many young fathers today feel comfortable with this concept. They do not want to be a frightening figure.
They want to be a father figure that has a close relationship with their children and play a big role in their children’s growth. A father that performs his parenting role optimally turns out to influence children’s development greatly. The main explanation is, when a father does activities with his children, they will do things that are impossible to do with the mother. For example, playing soccer, war or horseback riding.
These physical games stimulate children’s motor skill. Father’s involvement in nurture also influences children’s cognitive development. A research result shows that children, whose fathers are actively involved in their lives, have good language skills. Children’s good interaction with their father also influences their emotional intelligence, helping them grow into successful adults.