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Joyful Parenting Coaching is focused on clarity, consistency, connection, being an effective parent, finding balance as a parent, and above all being a confident and joyous parent. 

Happy Father's Day

Elisabeth Stitt

THREE CHEERS FOR THE DADS!

To my thinking, dads are not given nearly enough credit.  There are tons of articles for, by and about moms, but the dads have to look a little harder.  Still, when you do go looking, the evidence of the positive benefit of fathers is clear, so HERE'S FOR ALL MY FABULOUS DAD CLIENTS WHO ARE STRIVING TO DO THEIR BEST DAY AFTER DAY: 
•A number of studies suggest that fathers who are involved, nurturing, and playful with their infants have children with higher IQs, as well as better linguistic and cognitive capacities.
•Toddlers with involved fathers go on to start school with higher levels of academic readiness and greater patience and persistence.
• Highly involved biological fathers had children who were 43 percent more likely than other children to earn mostly As and 33 percent less likely than other children to repeat a grade.
• Children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, be confident to explore their surroundings, and, as they grow older, have better social connections with peers.
•Roughhousing with dad can teach children how to deal with aggressive impulses and physical contact without losing control of their emotions.
•Children with good relationships with their fathers are less likely to experience depression, to exhibit disruptive behavior, or to lie and are more likely to exhibit pro-social behavior.  
THE LIST GOES ON.  Fathers make an enormous difference.  Your role is vital to the well being of your children.  
(This information was taken  https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/fatherhood/.)