Lois M. Collins: Fathers who parent well are key to children developing persistence

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  • Vernal Mom Vernal, UT
    June 16, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    This interesting article was not about single moms, it was about authoritative dads. Of course single moms are the most persistent, but we are talking about how fathers can affect their children's persistence. I am grateful for an authoritative husband who has helped me raise four persistent children, who have not given up through the ups and downs of college and grad degrees.

  • Twin Sister LINDON, UT
    June 15, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    Once again, this is an excellent article about the value of fathers. For those whose comments thus far reflect cynicism or sarcasm regarding this article, Dr. Randall Day, who is a co-author on the study referred to in this article is an internationally recognized scholar for his work and research in family studies. He will be in London in two weeks at a fathering conference being held at Cambridge University in England. He has devoted his life to the study of the family with an emphasis on what makes for good fathering. This kind of information is critical to the stability of society in the world today. Research in family sciences is particularly complex, and the Flourishing Families study(which has been conducted under the direction of Dr. Day)is one of the most solid studies in the world on the family done to date. Thank you Deseret News for reporting on this vital topic that affects each one of us.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    June 15, 2012 3:37 p.m.


    Grain of salt?

    To doubt the validity of something only based on the criteria of who is saying it is no less than arguing that you would prefer prejudice instead of reason. Doubting anything BYU-published is does not mean that you have automatically denied it. But if you applied it to anything else, such as stating "I doubt the validity of the study that concluded that water boils when it reaches a certain temperature" then the irrationality of such a statement is realized.

    fyi, the church continually helps to care for single mothers when they are in need. Priesthood leaders frequently remind, chastise, and encourage men to be responsible to their wives and children and to own up to their duties. Therefore, to generalize about BYU to only then remark on woman as if this was somehow an attack on women is absolutely without reason.

    Studies reflecting the value in fathers around fathers-day is something worth value. Criticize that all you want, but fatherhood will easily withstand your scrutiny. And I've got news for you, on mothers day the same thing happens.

    Prejudice doesn't get us anywhere, especially when the judgement made are wrong.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    June 15, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    You want to see persistence? Single working mothers who raise their kids. No father, unless a single parent himself, can compete in showing that kind of persistence.

    Take BYU studies with a grain of salt.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 15, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    Fathers who parent well are good parents... gee really?

  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    June 15, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    This is something that was a self-evident fact 50 years ago. Nobody would have bothered to do a scientific study. Now we have gotten to the point that we need to prove that 2+2 = 4.

  • very concerned Sandy, UT
    June 15, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    Thanks to those who do this kind of research. So often the man/father is portrayed on TV and in movies as a buffoon, the butt of all the jokes.

    It's good to see research that says otherwise.