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How To Raise Kids – Tips For Dads


It is crucial we help ensure dads have the skills they need to raise healthy, well-balanced children and be an integral part of their families’ success.

While everyone knows moms are amazing, we must remember the vital role dads play in raising children – from day one.

In fact, children without an involved, loving father’s presence are statistically more likely to suffer abuse and neglect. Studies have even suggested children develop behavioral problems, obesity and abuse drugs and alcohol without this presence.

Furthermore, statistics show that kids without a father are twice as likely to drop out of high school, are at greater risk of teenage pregnancy and are four times more likely to end up living in poverty.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 24 million children in America – one in three – live without their biological father at home. More than 18 million of them have significantly limited or no contact with their dads.


One in three children live without their biological father


Moms and dads alike need to stay mindful of the important part fathers should have in the optimal development of their children’s mental, emotional and physical health.

Early Childhood Services

Fatherhood Engagement specialists with Centerstone’s Early Childhood Services have been trained to start at the beginning by teaching new dads how to build strong connections with their sons and daughters, families and community.

We emphasize the importance of partnering with the mother. Moms should not have to attend doctor visits alone. Or be the only ones to read and sing to the child, change diapers and take on bath time.

Both mom and dad should be encouraging the infant’s sense of security and attachment – together.

Simply put, fathers who care and are there for their newborns help babies grow up healthier.

Research proves that little ones with a dad in the picture will breastfeed more regularly and have a healthy weight.

As the baby grows, a father’s positive presence more often leads to better performance in school, the ability to maintain positive relationships with other children, higher education, a satisfying career and so forth.

Dads Not Living with Their Kids

It’s important to add that dads who don’t live at home with their children can still be a steady part of their children’s success.

The quality of the relationship can supersede the quantity of time spent together when sharing the same residence full-time just isn’t a reality.

Likewise, in cases where a biological father can’t be present, a loving father figure can embrace a supportive role.

So, support, encourage and appreciate all of the dads in your life.

To be a dad is a great honor.

It’s a humbling privilege and an incomparable opportunity that must be taken seriously.



For more information about the Fatherhood Engagement work being done by Centerstone’s Early Childhood Services, please contact us at (931) 490-1580 or

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