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10 Benefits of a Dad's Involvement

I get asked a LOT about why I am so passionate about The Original Daddy Caddy. In a nutshell: It supports dads' engagement with their babies. Is that REALLY that important you ask? These ten facts (with supporting references) show overwhelmingly how involved dads affect their children

Children with Involved Fathers… 

  1. Are 4X as likely to escape poverty.
  2. Are 39% more likely to get mostly A’s in school.
  3. Are 80% Less likely to go to jail.
  4. Are 75% Less Likely to have a teen birth.
  5. Are 2X as likely to go to college.
  6. Are more ambitious for higher paying careers.
  7. Are more emotionally secure.
  8. Establish better relationships.
  9. Have greater self-confidence.
  10. Are less likely to take drugs.



1. Nord, Christine, & West, Jerry. (2001) Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in Their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status. (NCES 2001-032). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.

2. Martin, A., Ryan, R. M., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2007). The joint influence of mother and father parenting on child cognitive outcomes at age 5. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 22(4), 423-439.

3. Yogman, MW, Kindlon, D., & Earls, F. (1995). Father involvement and cognitive/behavioral outcomes of preterm infants. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 34(1), 58-66.

4. Furstenberg, F.F, & Harris, K.M. (1993). When and why fathers matter: Impacts of father involvement on the children of adolescent mothers. Pp. 117-38 in Young Unwed Fathers: Changing Roles and Emerging Policies. Edited by R.I. Lerman and T.J. Ooms. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

5. Bronte-Tinkew, J., Carrano, J., Horowitz, A., & Kinukawa, A. (2008). Involvement among resident fathers and linksto infant cognitive outcomes. Journal of Family Issues, 29, 1211-1244.

6-8. US Dept. of Health and Human Services. (2006). The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children.

9-10. Kid Central TN. Involved Fathers Provide Key Benefits to Kids. (2018).


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