With Father’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would do a quick post about the importance of dads. There is much research as to the powerful impact that fathers (and father figures!) have on children.
Research Findings on Father Involvement
- Children whose fathers were actively involved with them during the first two months of life managed stress better as school-agers.
- Children of highly involved fathers show increased empathy and self-esteem and fewer psychological and behavioral problems.
- Sons of nurturing fathers are more likely to internalize their modes of thinking and problem-solving.
- A close and warm relationship with Dad fosters a daughter’s sense of competence, especially in math skills!
Board Book Recommendations
What is cuter than watching daddy read to his little one? Yep, not much. So I compiled a list of our four favorite board books about dads. Consider slipping one into your father’s day gift of grilling utensils and golf balls. Don’t forget to break out the camera. Pictures of daddy reading to his child are priceless!
This was the first book about dads we bought. I instantly wanted more when I noticed my husband was reading more often to our son. I love that this book features real pictures of animals you don’t normally see in books like bald eagles, gray wolves, and musk oxen!
Fathers will enjoy reading the book to their children and the cuddles that result from a story about a day of daddy’s hugs. Children will enjoy the soothing tone of dad’s voice that naturally comes through when reading this book. The illustrations are vivid and colorful. And, bonus, there is counting involved!
This is a quick and simple read which my husband and active toddler appreciate. We act some of the pages and it is so cute to see them bond over a book. My husband has taught our son tons of animal noises by reading him this book. Animal noises are a great way to practice using different facial muscles needed for speech development!
We love that this book is written from a toddler’s point of view. It features simple things that dads and tots do together like singing silly songs and watching tv. It’s fun to read and it rhymes! We love rhyming books since they are enjoyable for parents to read and help with language development in little ones!
What are YOUR favorite books about dads? We would love to add to our collection!