The time that fathers spend with their children is invaluable. It’s very important for them to get this time together, even if the father and mother have decided to get divorced. The children still need that time with each parent.
Below are four main reasons that fathers must get adequate time with the kids:
- Children feel important. They feel loved. They see that their father cares about being with them, and that makes them more confident and increases self-esteem. It often doesn’t even matter what they do together. Just carving out that time helps.
- Fathers learn about their children’s abilities and development. This increases the quality of time spent together because fathers know what the children like to do, what they’re able to do and what to expect.
- Children grow up all too quickly. When the kids turn 18 and move out of the house, heading off to college, many parents wish they could go back and spend more time with their kids at five or 10 years old. They can’t believe how fast it went by. Fathers need that time when the kids are young, because they can never get it back.
- Fathers can help children avoid issues as they grow up. Studies have found, for instance, that young boy who grow up without a solid father figure are statistically more likely to struggle with aggression. This can lead to all manner of issues, from problems at school to criminal charges. Fathers who are present and engaged with their kids may, merely by being around, be able to help their kids avoid these problems.
As you can see, it’s important for fathers and their children to spend time together, and it’s critical for fathers to know all of their legal options when fighting for that right.
Source: Parents, “Why Fathers Should Spend Time with Their Kids,” Aaron Hass, accessed March 02, 2018