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Every known culture on Earth has special words for kids to call their parents. XiXinXing via Getty Images

Why do kids call their parents ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’?

One anthropologist found 1,072 similar words for 'mom' and 'dad' in the world's languages. It turns out a mix of biology, culture and encouragement from parents explains this phenomenon.
Educators often fail to recognize fathers, a researcher contends. Brad Tollefson/AP

Divorced dads often dissed by schools

When children don't live with their fathers, educators often act as if the men don't exist, an expert on child development laments in an essay about why schools must do more to recognize dads.
Research with Canadian families found that modelling of healthy food intake by fathers, but not by mothers, was associated with a healthier diet among their children. (Shutterstock)

Fathers are vitally important to their kids’ health and to public health research

Most Canadian children spend too much time on screens and don't eat enough fruit and vegetables. Fathers can help by modelling healthy behaviours and getting involved in research.
What dads do online helps them navigate gender roles as society changes. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

How new fathers use social media to make sense of their roles

The tasks of fatherhood are changing, but society's expectations haven't caught up. Many dads use online discussion groups, blogs and videos to explore their new identities.
Joining a family can be awkward: Are you supposed to act like a father? Should you discipline the kids? 'Man' via www.shutterstock.com

Navigating the tricky waters of being a stepdad

Stepfathers often enter a family unit with certain expectations about what their role should be. They're usually wrong.
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The understated affection of fathers

Wives sometimes chide their husbands for being cold or distant toward their sons. But men express their love in subtle ways that deserve to be honored rather than belittled.

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