Study Finds Fathers Instill Hope and Persistence
ABC News reports, "A new study published in the Journal of Early Adolescence found that dads are in a unique position to instill persistence and hope in their children, particularly in the pre-teen and teen years." The study analyzed the parenting styles of over 300 fathers with children between the ages of 11 to 14.
"Fathers who practiced authoritative parenting, defined as providing feelings of love, granting autonomy and emphasizing accountability to a child, were more likely to have kids who developed the art of persistence, which led to better outcomes in school and lower instances of misbehavior.
"The study differentiated between fathers with authoritative vs. authoritarian parenting styles. Authoritarian fathers--those who "ruled with an iron fist"--had a less positive impact on their children.
"'Fathers have a direct impact on how children perceive persistence and hope, and how they implement that into their lives,' said Randall Day, professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University and co-author of the study. 'It's important to say that moms can do this, too, but it turns out that when fathers use authoritative parenting, they have an impact on how their adolescents perceive themselves and how persistent they are in their lives.'
“Day calls these types of dads 'heart beat fathers' because of their consistent presence in the ordinary day-to-day interactions with their kids. ...Our study suggests fathers who are most effective are those who listen to their children, have a close relationship, set appropriate rules, but also grant appropriate freedoms,' said Laura Padilla-Walker, co-author of the study."
It shouldn't surprise us that the "most effective" fathers are those who mimic the parenting style of God our Father Himself.
1. A "most effective father" listens to His children. (Psalm 34:15; 1 John 5:14)
2. A "most effective father" has a close relationship with his children. (1 John 3:1; Psalm 103:11-14; Romans 8:38-39)
3. A "most effective father" sets appropriate rules. " (1 John 5:3)
4. A "most effective father" grants appropriate freedom. (Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:2)