A 2014 study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry highlighted a disturbing fact about the vast majority of parenting programs implemented worldwide today: Most of them are designed in a way that marginalizes or completely ignores the role of fathers. You read that correctly. We’re still leaving dads on the parenting sidelines in the 21st century.

The Yale researchers who conducted the study highlighted why this is such a problem. Bountiful research exists to prove how crucial the father’s role is in the life of a child. Children who are lucky enough to have a strong, engaged father figure benefit socially, emotionally, academically, physically, and the list goes on.

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