After divorce, in France, just over seven out of ten children (73%) live solely with their mothers and visit their fathers every other weekend. This phenomenon raises questions about parental balance and the role of fathers, especially in light of research showing that the active involvement of both parents in children's lives is crucial for their development and well-being.
However, it is equally important to recognize the role of separated dads and highlight their commitment to their children, despite the circumstances. It is also important to celebrate the role of fathers to put each parent on an equal footing, especially for the child. By celebrating the role of fathers, we acknowledge that fathers have just as much to offer in terms of love, emotional support, education, and child development. We are breaking down long-held gender stereotypes that have limited the role of fathers and paving the way for a society where both parents can fully invest in their children's lives, whether together or separated.
This Father's Day, we want to highlight the essential role of separated dads in their children's daily lives, just like mothers.
Emotional Engagement of Fathers
Fathers have a significant impact on their children's emotional development. They can provide emotional support and stability that are just as important as those provided by mothers. Children who maintain close relationships with their fathers are more likely to develop positive self-esteem, self-confidence, and better social skills. Fathers can serve as models of healthy behavior and interaction, providing children with a solid foundation for their future relationships.
Financial and Material Support
Financial responsibility is often seen as a traditional role of fathers after separation. While this is important, it is crucial not to reduce the father's role to a mere financial contribution. Fathers can also provide material support by taking care of daily tasks such as meals, clothing, and homework. By sharing these responsibilities, fathers show their children that they are there to support them practically, strengthening the family bond.
Identity and Gender Development
Fathers play a crucial role in their children's identity and gender understanding, especially for same-sex children. Fathers can offer unique perspectives and positive role models that help children explore their gender identity in a healthy and balanced way. The absence of a father in a child's life can sometimes lead to difficulties in constructing their own identity.
Balanced co-parenting, where both parents actively and fairly engage in raising children, is essential for their well-being after separation. Children who benefit from balanced co-parenting are less likely to develop emotional and behavioral problems. They also have better academic achievement and healthier relationships. Recognizing the essential role of fathers in co-parenting encourages cooperation and allows children to maintain positive relationships with both parents.
It is important to recognize that some fathers may face obstacles when trying to maintain a significant presence in their children's lives after separation. Factors such as societal expectations, gender stereotypes, and communication issues can make this task challenging. It is essential to encourage and support fathers in their parenting role, recognizing their importance and creating an environment conducive to balanced co-parenting.
And what about Kiido?
By facilitating clear communication, efficient organization, and enhanced emotional engagement, Kiido can play a valuable role in helping dads reclaim their place and establish balanced and harmonious co-parenting.
This Father's Day, let's remember the importance of the role of separated dads in their children's lives. Their unconditional love, constant presence, commitment to co-parenting, shared precious moments, and positive example are all reasons to celebrate them. Let's salute the separated dads who continue to play an essential role in their children's lives and wish them a happy