Sadly, many children grow up without both of their biological parents. Some of these children will have step-parents or adoptive parents who care for them, and others will only have one parent with whom they have a strong relationship. Children are resilient, and they can thrive in many different household situations. However, being in a loving environment that is free from violence, abuse and neglect is one of the most important factors in a child’s upbringing.
Studies have also shown that children benefit greatly from paternal as well as maternal figures in their lives. Children who have grown up with engaged fathers have a significantly lower chance of going to jail or dropping out of school. If you are trying to gain custody of your child as a father, it is important that you understand the impact that paternal roles have in a child’s life so that you can feel more empowered to take action.
The distinct ways that fathers can bond with their children
Researchers have identified three distinct ways in which fathers can effectively nurture a father-child relationship from a young age. The first is identified as engagement. This is the act of fathers directly making contact with their children and sharing interactions with them.
The second aspect of parental involvement is availability. For a father to nurture a bond, they must make themselves available to the child, either physically or emotionally. This makes it possible for the child to depend on and to demand attention from their father.
The third trait that should be present is responsibility. This means that fathers need to allocate resources and be responsible for the care and well-being of their child.
Children develop better when they have a good paternal relationship
Studies have shown that fathers who spend extended amounts of time with their children in the first months of their lives help the child to develop cognitively. This was suggested through studies that recorded higher cognitive development scores among children who spent significant amounts of time bonding with their fathers after birth.
If you want to be present for your child but you are struggling to be successful in gaining child custody, it is important that you take action to assert your rights in Nebraska.