Being a parent is a very important job and has many rewards. Developing a deep, loving connection with your baby from birth will help your child grow, learn and develop while feeling safe, loved and protected.
Research shows that children of involved parents:
Are better academic achievers and are more likely to graduate from high school.
Tend to handle stress and frustration easier.
Can be better at making friends and building positive relationships with others.
Have better self-control.
Are less likely to suffer from depression.
Children that have access to a parent or parents who are supportive, sensitive, nurturing, and warm will feel more confident about themselves and grow up to be more tolerant and understanding of others.
Benefits for mom and dad
There are also many reported benefits for parents when they are involved with their children including: feeling more confident and effective as a parent, having a greater sense of well-being overall and are more likely to take an active role in their communities.
Learn more about how to get involved as a father before and after your baby is born.
The health unit has resources, information and supports available for parents to help you transition to parenting and give your baby the best start in life.
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