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Experts: "21st Century Dads" Are More Involved With Their Kids

June 15, 2007

New York, NY - This Father's Day, experts say there's a new look for American dads -- they're taking a more active role in raising their kids. Vincent Dicaro with the National Fatherhood Initiative says with more mothers entering the work force, fathers are taking on a new role.

“We're seeing changing cultural norms around what it means to be a father. Whereas, kind of being a provider and disciplinarian was enough 50 years ago, today's fathers are becoming much more intimately involved.”

Diacaro adds that dads are interacting more with their kids -- playing, providing care, and reading to them starting at an early age.

Martha Iglody thinks it's good news that dads are getting more involved. She's a coordinator for one of New York's Parent-Child Home Programs, which teach parents how to read and play with kids in a fun and educational way.

“We're modeling for them new ways to interact with their children, and they are seeing their sons and daughters blossom.”

The Parent-Child Home Program works with over a thousand New York families. Iglody notes that early interaction between father and child is the surest way to ensure school readiness.

She believes Father's Day is a perfect time for fathers to interact with their children.

“Seeing a dad on the floor playing laughing, engaging with their child in that way is, to me, perfect.”

Charles Lane/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NY