So I’m running a little late today and frankly I almost forgot it was Father’s Day. Long story short I met my dad at age 27 or so, and you have to admit that’s a long time to go without Father’s Day so it’s easy to forget. Still, my dad is actually a pretty cool guy and I’m glad we know each other now – so just in case he sees this – Happy Father’s Day!
Now, to all the other papas out there…
Keep in mind that being a good dad is important for a number of reasons. On a general level the Fatherhood Institute notes that children who have great hands on dads tend to have…
- Better friendships with better-adjusted children
- Fewer behavioral problems
- Lower criminality and substance abuse
- Higher educational achievement
- Greater capacity for empathy
- Less stereotypical attitudes to earning and childcare
- More satisfying adult sexual partnerships
- Higher self-esteem and life-satisfaction
On a green and healthy level…
- Good dads help ensure breastfeeding success – and breastfeeding is most absolutely green feeding.
- Studies show that dads empower their kids, giving them the motivation they need to go out to explore the world, to meet new people and to take chances. Great skills if you want to change the world.
- Dads who eat healthy have kids who eat healthy and are more likely to have kids who are a healthy weight – so if you’re munching on organics and lots of veggies your decisions do make an impact.
- All your green choices (or a lack of them) do seriously affect your child – just as a mama can be a positive or negative influence on a child so can you.
Green blogging and writing dads…
- Green blogging dads tell Treehugger what they want most.
- Shea Gunther
- Organic Green Daddy
- Josh Dorfman, the Lazy Environmentalist, Named Dad of the Year!
- Natural Papa
- Groovy Green