Why I Took My Kids to School Today

Today was “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” at my kids’ school and at all schools across Florida. It’s a fairly unremarkable event other than receiving a sticker and a handshake from our principal. But what the day lacks in pomp and circumstance it makes up for in importance. 

On this day, “DADS” stands for Dedicated Achievement Demonstrates Success. The main takeaway is that dads — or stepdads, grandfathers, brothers, uncles or a male role model — pledge to take a leading and invested role in the education of a child. It’s basically saying that I believe in this child’s education and I promise to do what I can, when I can to play an active part in it. 

It may sound simple, and for many dads and male role models this type of investment comes easy. But for many children, they lack this type of commitment from a male figure in their lives. According to The Fatherhood Project, having a father figure involved in a child’s education pays significant dividends during school-age years. 

“Children who feel a closeness to their father are: twice as likely as those who do not enter college or find stable employment after high school, 75% less likely to have teen birth, 80% less likely to spend time in jail, and half as likely to experience multiple depression symptoms.”

And the dividends continue into adulthood.

“People with actively involved father figures during childhood are more likely to have higher levels of success in their careers, a better chance of having a strong, lasting marriage, and an improved ability to handle stress.”

Many fathers know the valuable part we play in the lives of our children. We see the impact and positive effect we have on our kids from the first weeks, months and years of their lives. But sometimes it’s good to be reminded that as our kids grow up they still need us to be the pillar of support that helps to shape and guide their lives, providing necessary love, advice and guidance. 

Dropping my kids off at school on a random school day is not going to be a long-term memory for them or for me. But promising to continue my commitment to playing an active and invested role in their educational, emotional and spiritual lives will. And that’s the important story. 

For more information on a father’s role in their kids lives, check out these sites: 

http://www.fldoe.org/schools/family-community/activities-programs/parental-involvement.stml

http://www.thefatherhoodproject.org/10-facts-about-father-engagement/

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