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Father’s role in child development

Father’s role can be key to child development and to our society at large. The role of a father is not as evident from the start as that of the mother. Mother’s relationship to the baby starts building up from the early job of feeding their child.

Traditionally, fathers serve as models for the capacity to contain, master, and appropriately express aggression. They can model aggression control, which is the prototype for the child’s regulation of affect. In doing this, fathers are the first society’s safe keepers in avoiding, containing and appropriately expressing what otherwise would be the criminal behavior of their children. Fathers have a major role in facilitating their child’s psychic development through different developmental stages and throughout the lifespan.

An interesting book to read on this topic is The Role of the Father in Child Development, by Michael Lamb.