In June, scientific research confirmed that a father’s love is one of the greatest influences on personality development. There are special challenges for fathers and daughters—the Good Men Project has a great article about rules for raising girls.
Dads need to be attentive and loving to their children if they want to grow healthy, well-adjusted adults. It’s a scientific fact, so if you’re a dad or if you KNOW any dads—this list of Rules for Dads Raising Daughters is a must read!
I love The Good Men Project. If you aren’t familiar with this organization, it’s fabulous.
The Good Men Project was founded by Tom Matlack in 2009 as an anthology and documentary film featuring men’s stories about the defining moments in their lives. The original goal was to tell stories about men that “changed the writer and changed the reader.”
In the process, it became apparent that this book was fostering a much-needed cultural conversation about manhood. The Good Men Foundation was launched, and proceeds from the book were used to support organizations that help at-risk boys. Since that time, The Good Men Project has grown into a diverse media company as well as a great online resource.
As a divorced mom, one of my biggest worries is that my daughters don’t have enough daily dad time—and that this will hurt impact them over time. According to recent research, a father’s love can be even more important than a mother’s love to a child’s development. Read more over at Science Daily but here’s a preview:
A father’s love contributes as much — and sometimes more — to a child’s development as does a mother’s love. That is one of many findings in a new large-scale analysis of research about the power of parental rejection and acceptance in shaping our personalities as children and into adulthood.
Question for all my single mom friends: What do you think of this research? I’d love to know.