Soon after a baby is born, it’s becoming more common these days for the father or non-birthing parent to be encouraged to place the newborn directly on their chest.
‘The Holy Family,’ by the 17th-century Spanish painter Bartolome Esteban Murillo.
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The Catholic Church considers St. Joseph a role model of fatherhood and faith. In many countries, Father’s Day is celebrated on his feast day.
Through a loving connection, children learn what it means to take safe risks.
Dads and caregivers play important roles in supporting the development of loving relationships.
Even supervillains need the odd day off.
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A linguist explores the origin of the word ‘father’ – and why derivatives are common in languages across the globe.
While there have been calls to increase support for women, particularly mothers, it would seem that no one is asking fathers to step up.
Despite the disproportionate burden mothers have faced during lockdown, encouraging parents to share child care and housework more equally is almost never suggested as part of the solution.
Boys often mirror the habits, interests and values of their own fathers.
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Fathers whose own dads were highly nurturing tend to have healthier levels of competition and be more emotionally open.
Odysseus reuniting with his father, Laertes.
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On Father’s Day, a scholar of ancient Greek poetry explains how he came to understand the father-son relationship and his journey of loss and yearning through reading the epics.
Joe Biden, right, and his son Beau had a strong relationship until Beau’s death in 2015.
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Biden’s relationship with his father contrasts with perhaps every president in the last four decades, who either had absent or distant fathers or abusive or alcoholic fathers or stepfathers.
Most U.S. parents who take time off work to tend to newborns currently use unpaid leave.
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Polls have consistently found robust support for this benefit, with a growing share of the public approving of paid time off for dads.
Hemingway and his eldest son, Bumby, pose in Havana harbor in 1933.
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While the man the world knows as ‘Papa’ balanced the demands of parenting with his work, his letters and fiction offer a window into the depth of his paternal feeling.
There’s increasing evidence that encouraging fathers to take paternity leave has positive, perhaps even surprising, results.
Encouraging fathers to take paternity leave has positive, perhaps even surprising, results.
Fathers often place more emphasis on their role as head of household than their health.
Two experts ask whether dads are making their health a priority. Evidence suggests not. Pressures to provide income often hold fathers back.
Educators often fail to recognize fathers, a researcher contends.
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.
Québec’s insurance plan which gives fathers options to take parental leave has had a major impact on fatherhood.
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Thanks to a provincial insurance plan, Québec fathers are spending more time with their newborns, bringing about changes in the gender division of labour within the family.
What are the rules that make a man a father?
Before the advent of genetic testing, definitions of paternity were primarily social and legal. Science has destabilized these older definitions, but it has not replaced them.
On TV shows, father and sons often embark on an adventurous camping trip like this one in Bonaventure, Canada.
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What does it mean to be a good father to your son? Drop the traditionally masculine roles and embrace your emotions.
Fathers play an important role in helping children understand emotions.
Developmental psychology has uncovered some lesser-known, yet important ways that fathers improve their children’s lives.
A growing number of ‘dad bloggers’ are using social media to provide a window into their lives as fathers. Here, blogger and father Casey Palmer and his sons.
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As dads blog about their lives and changing norms and issues around fatherhood and parenting, they’re pushing for social changes to benefit families in Canada — one blog post at a time.
Paternity leave can increase fathers’ involvement in families, with positive impacts on children, fathers and the co-parent.
Our children can’t continue to grow up in a world where only women raise them, either at home or in early care and learning.
Children whose father experiences mental illness are more likely to experience emotional or behavioural problems.
New research has found one in five dads has experienced symptoms of depression and/or anxiety after having children.