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Increased Father Involvement in Parenting Benefits All: Part One

June 14, 2024 – Fathers are important. Father-child relationships, in all communities and at all stages of life, have profound impacts on children that can last a lifetime, whether the influence is positive, negative, or non-existent. The involvement of fathers and caregivers has a significant effect on mothers and on men themselves.

A significant portion of the world’s population continues to believe that caregiving is a feminine quality and primarily the responsibility of women. In Brazil, where men’s involvement in caring for their children remains strongly linked to being providers, this belief holds strong. However, in recent years, men are increasingly embracing fatherhood more freely, following a process of reflection and transformation similar to what women have been practicing for years in relation to motherhood. For this reason, encouraging increased involvement of fathers in raising their children is a means of showing care and support for mothers as well.