Parenthood Project

MISSION

Our mission at the Parenthood Project is to improve the health and well-being of children and families by empowering fathers to be knowledgeable, active, and emotionally engaged with their children.

Current research overwhelmingly shows that when children feel emotionally connected to their fathers, they perform better in school, are less likely to use drugs and alcohol or experience depression, and are more likely to grow into healthy adults. Studies also reveal that men who have warm, nurturing relationships with their children tend to be physically healthier, less depressed, and more successful in their marriages and careers. In other words, an emotionally close father-child relationship not only serves as a significant protective factor against high-risk behaviors but also promotes health and well-being for the entire family.

Millions of fathers today, whether by choice or necessity, are taking on larger and more diverse roles in parenting. Recent research shows that fathers not only have the capacity for caregiving but that children directly benefit from their parenting contributions.

 

The traditional roles of ‘father as breadwinner’ and ‘mother as caretaker’ are changing. Modern fathers and mothers now face the challenge of redefining a more involved and expanded version of fatherhood for future generations. Early childhood and brain development research clearly show the lifelong positive impact of fathers’ early engagement. A child’s closeness to their father is critically linked to future success in school, employment, and relationships.

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