Dads Matter Too

Why Fatherhood is so important?

One of the most influential people that can come into a child’s life is their father.  Research has shown that fathers are not only capable for providing care for their children but that children will benefit directly from a dad’s parenting contributions.  Fathers tend to struggle with understanding where their place begins during pregnancy and infancy.  Fortunately, we are here to help determine where your place actually is.  What is fatherhood? The dictionary has a simple answer but there is no one thing that makes you a great father. It could be anything from supporting mom and helping her out, to changing a diaper or giving your child a bath.  While it is common to have fears or doubts about being a father the best thing you can do is get involved.  Positive engagement in your child’s early childhood can lead to long term benefits.  So by simply being there and loving your child you can change their life. Healthy Start encourages fathers to get involved and always welcomes dad to be a part of our program.  We provide information and can guide you throughout the pregnancy, delivery and the first two years of your child’s life.  In ways you can be involved and supportive.  There’s not a perfect parent but the ultimate goal is to be the best parent you can be.