AMES, Iowa — Financial support is important, but kids also depend on their fathers for emotional support, especially for learning experiences and help with development. Kristi Cooper, Iowa State University Extension family life specialist, said, "Children benefit when fathers are involved in their everyday lives as much as possible. It's never too late to get in on the act."
Cooper offers these resolutions for increased involvement for fathers, and encourages Moms to help it happen by stepping aside at times to let Dad contribute, too.
*Don't let Mom or Grandma do all the things for or with your child that you could do, too.
*Tuck your child in at bedtime.
*Volunteer to chaperone the next school field trip or event.
*Invite your child's friends over to play, and then play with them.
*Make a point to introduce yourself to the parents of your child's friends.
*Spend one-on-one time with each child.
For more ideas on how to strengthen your relationship with your child, visit the ISU Extension Me & My Dad Web site.