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Involved Fathers Now the Norm, Not the Outlier

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Involved dads have been making headlines, recently. We can't complain, of course—it's been good news! Dads are standing up and speaking out about getting to know their kids more. And while stay-at-home dads still aren't as common as moms, there's proof that fathers are taking the time to become more involved in their kids' lives.

The National Center for Health Statistics (a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released a new report that confirms fathers are letting go of tradition (the sole provider) and taking on more roles at home (changing diapers, drawing baths, etc.). According to the study:

  • Nine in 10 dads bathed, diapered, helped with the toilet and dressed their kids at least several times a week.
  • Nearly two out of three dads read to their children at least several times weekly.
  • For dads with kids ages 5 to 18, more than nine out of 10 ate meals with their kids at least several times weekly, and almost two out of three helped with homework several times a week.

So what does this mean? Well, for the kids, certainly a better relationship with their parents and a more fulfilled childhood. “Everybody's a winner when dads are involved,” noted Bob Brinker, a parent and a community education specialist.

Sure, society still has some catching up to do and so do some dads, but for the most part, the report proves what many have heard in the news and through friends—dads are making more of an effort than ever!

What do you think? Is your man becoming more involved? Have you heard similar stories at the playground?

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