Science and human heart both say dads important to a kid's life

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  • jeanie orem, UT
    June 16, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    George - A good mom without a good dad is only half the team!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    June 16, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    Thanks for the praise, But I know it's all because my kids have a good mom.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    June 16, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    Having a mom and a dad in the life of a child is like having a body with two working feet. Walking is so much more successful with both.

    These studies point out the obvious. A child has more balance, more ability to move forward confidently, more stability, etc., with both feet, like close association with a mom and a dad. Studies are necessary because there are elements that say children only need one "foot" (a mom) and do just fine.

    Yes, children can get along with only one parent, and unfortunately often through no fault of a parent, a child is left with only one. Their life is not doomed, but it is harder than it would have been with two functioning parents, a mom and a dad, just like walking is much smoother with two feet than one.

  • plainbrownwrapper Nashville, TN
    June 16, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    @Ted --

    "which usually have plenty of confounding variables and are not intended to be prove causation. There are so many exceptions to the rule that it's difficult for me to give the rule much validity."

    You are absolutely correct here, Ted.

    Parents are great things. Two parents creating stable, loving homes for children are great things. We all know this.

    But none of this research actually proves -- or is even constructed to prove -- that FATHERS in particular, as opposed to two stable parents in general, are great things. For instance, none of these studies compare stable straight homes to stable gay homes or stable lesbian homes -- so none of these studies show how such homes would compare.

    Therefore, the results of such research should never be -- but often is -- misapplied to the issue of gay marriages.

    Yup, fathers are great. But that doesn't mean stable gay or lesbian are any *less* great.

  • Old Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Ted's Head,

    The world needs to be told what Feet are for. If the people who have figured out how to walk don't help other people walk as well, then they will just roll around all day going nowhere.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    June 16, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    Great article, it fits the day. How can anyone against an article like this? unless you're for same sex parents in which the child has either two dads or two moms - is that your point Ted's Head?

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    June 16, 2013 8:25 a.m.

    @ Ted's Head. It is kind of like saying wear your seat belt. Yes their is a .1% chance that is you get in an accident you will not be able to get out, but then their is the 99.9% chance it will reduce injury. The basic jist is that have a father around is good for kids. While no man is perfect, the majority of them are a positive influence in their children's lives. Unfortunately, society and many women do not hold this view. Watch TV and the father is almost always the dufus in the family. I hear alot of women who complain about their husbands. He works too much (is he trying to pay for your spending habits?) He is not decisive ( do you criticize every decision he makes?) He never does anything with me (are you ever interested in things he wants to do?)

    The value of fathers is pretty clear, anecdotal evidence to the contrary. Unfortunately, both society and their spouses often undercut that.

  • From Ted's Head Orem, UT
    June 16, 2013 5:05 a.m.

    Truly...I am not just being contrary when I say that this type of article and its associated "research" has little value to me. Might as well say "feet are good" and go on to support the idea that having two feet means that you have better families, will get better grades in school, do better at sports, etc. I'm not pushing an agenda of any kind; merely reacting to the massively broad brush strokes that are used in interpreting research study results, which usually have plenty of confounding variables and are not intended to be prove causation. There are so many exceptions to the rule that it's difficult for me to give the rule much validity.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 15, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    This is an excellent article! Thank you, DN, for publishing this. Great fathers are essential to the welfare of each child and the strength of the family.

  • Globetrecker Arlington, va
    June 15, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    Fantastic article! We all know of the importance of father's, but these days it's good to get studies that show some reasons why they are so important. Society has strayed from recognizing the importance and necessity of fatherhood and having a father in the home. The impact of fathers on children is priceless.

    Pop culture subtly (and not so subtly) promotes otherwise, but hopefully we and the rising generation will see it for what it is.