Fathers Care for Kids, Too

Pediatric waiting rooms may start to look a little different. They are usually filled with kids accompanied by their mothers. But recognizing the important role of fathers and other male caregivers, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new policy statement and guidelines intended to encourage greater maleinvolvement in children's lives and healthcare.

Comment: It is about time!

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com

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Pediatricians Can Help Fathers Be More Involved in Children's Lives

CHICAGO- Fathers' involvement and interactions with their children can have a positive influence on their children's development. In a new clinical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests ways pediatricians can support and increase fathers' active roles in their children's lives.

Research shows more fathers are staying home with their children as more mothers choose to go to work. Even among men who do work, the average amount of time they spend with their children has increased in the past decade to more than two hours per weekday and more than six hours per weekend. And there are more single dads raising children too. Census figures indicate father-only households increased to 4.3 million, or 4.2 percent of U.S. households in the year 2000.