In an ideal world, every child would grow up with a Dad or an adult male caregiver, who is an example of how to learn, love, grow, and give back to the community. Unfortunately, one out of every three children in our country lives in a home without their biological father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Does it matter? Yes, it turns out kids with strong male role models develop “superpowers” that help them grow up healthy in spirit, mind, and body. Studies show that these children benefit from increased self-confidence, perform better academically, are less likely to battle depression, and take part in risk-taking behaviors – such as using drugs or alcohol.
With Father’s Day around the corner, it is a good time to shed light on the importance of having “heroic” dads or caregivers who are actively-involved in the lives of their children.
So what kind of superpowers can father figures help children develop?
- Flight: Teaching kids that with determination and discipline their education will take them to great heights.
- Super-strength: Showing them how to say “no” even when the pressure is overwhelming.
- Shapeshifting: Learning to adjust to ever changing situations.
- Telepathy: Discovering new ways to communicate and to find their voice.
- Courage: Standing up to injustice and demonstrating strong character and positive values.
Where can dads or caregivers who are looking for tips start? Try a family game night or a daddy-daughter date. Spending quality time together gives you ample time to teach your child some of these super power skills. You can also try coaching their sports team or involving them in your favorite hobby, like camping. Most importantly thought, don’t forget to say the most powerful words you can say, “I love you!”
In the words of the Man of Steel, when you give your children “…an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”
Start now! Up, up, and away!