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The Robust Role of Dads

Dads are more involved in their children’s lives than ever before, and there is a growing body of research on fathers and their influence on children’s development.

by Sarah MacLaughlin, Senior Writer, Parenting Resources, ZERO TO THREE and Rebecca Parlakian, Senior Director of Programs, ZERO TO THREE

You know the type—the sitcom dad who can’t change a diaper. Who can’t manage when his wife is gone. Who forgets his child’s birthday…or name. Today’s dads have some big problems with these stereotypes and here’s why: 90% of surveyed dads say that parenting is their greatest joy and 86% say they work hard at becoming a more effective parent, according to Tuning In, ZERO TO THREE’s parenting survey.

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