Happy Father’s Day

This Father’s Day Words for Life is celebrating the huge role that dads play in how happy and successful their children are.

Words for Life is a campaign from the National Literacy Trust which gets parents involved with their children’s communication and literacy development and gives them confidence to feel they can make a positive difference. It is aimed at parents of children aged from birth to eleven. www.wordsforlife.org.uk

We all know how important it is for children and parents to spend quality time together. But with the stresses and pressures on daily life increasing year on year, fathers often bear the brunt with longer days at work and hefty commutes leading to them spending less time with their children than they may like.

However, recent research carried out by the National Literacy Trust shows that children whose dads are involved in their lives early on are:

  • More likely to do well at school
  • More secure with fewer behavioural problems and happier
  • Less likely to get involved in crime

It’s good for dad too

While all of these things will definitely benefit children they also benefit dads.  Research shows that dads who are involved in their children’s life:

  • Have better confidence and self esteem
  • Improve their own reading, writing and speaking skills
  • And perhaps best of all, they have a much closer and loving relationship with their children

An area where parental involvement is particularly vital is in children’s development of their literacy and communication skills. Those who are encouraged to read for pleasure do significantly better at home. And dads can play a huge role in their children’s development in this area and it doesn’t have to take great chunks of time. A few minutes every day is great.

Simple things dads can do with their children

What better thing for a child and their father to do than cuddle up for a bedtime story. For many children this is the highlight of their day and not always because of the story. It’s a chance for children and parents to relax, unwind, talk about their day and raise any worries oh and of course to enjoy a story!

Clare Bolton Campaign Manager of Words for Life, a website for parents to encourage them to help build their children’s literacy and communication skills comments:

“Dads play a vital role in their children’s literacy development but often feel they don’t have time to sit for big chunks of time to help their child. We want to show dads how they can make a difference through simple actions."

So this Father’s day why not take ten minutes out to read one of these great books suggested by Words for Life for dads to read with their children:

  • Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • Guess How Much I love you by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
  • My Dad by Anthony Browne
  • Where the Wild things are by Maurice Sendak
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

One of our favourites is My Dad by Anthony Browne. It’s such a sweet story which really shows how kids see their dad as some kind of super hero. How about you, which books have you read and would recommend to other dads?

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