A Father’s Importance in 5 Key Areas

W. Bradford Wilcox, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia and the author of a recent study on fatherhood, discusses a father’s importance in five key areas of children’s lives:

Studies suggest that fathers play a particularly important role in five domains of children’s lives:

  1. Providing financially for their children,
  2. Protecting their children from abuse and neglect,
  3. Teaching their children how to regulate their bodies and emotions through play (including “roughhousing”),
  4. Disciplining their children (especially their boys), and
  5. Modeling good male-female relationships to their sons and daughters.

When asked, “Do churches help men be good fathers and husbands?” Wilcox responded:

In a word, yes … I find that churchgoing dads spend more time with their children, praise and hug their children more often, spend more time socializing with their wives, and are more emotionally engaged with their wives.

HT: Al Mohler

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