In a recent report from the Society for Research in Child Development, the Society discusses how fathers matter to children's development. The detailed report is the result of the Society’s meeting of experts on fatherhood who discussed the challenges and recommendations for best practices for incorporating fathers in future studies on parenting and children's development.
Although mothers have dominated studies of parenting in the past, current father studies from a variety of sources show the positive impact on children when fathers are engaged in their lives. When fathers are positively involved, children do better intellectually and socially in pre-school, and have less psychological problems as they grow. As more studies on father impact are completed, more guidelines for early childhood educators will become available.