Editorial

 Fathers, our memories remain with you

By Moses Gum Degur

As we celebrate our favorite memories of our Dads globally, from big life-moments to the little things we always remember with a smile our fathers. It is important to give honour to our dear fathers for they have been instrumental to nurturing kids in their various stages. While almost any man can father a child, there is so much more to the important role of being a dad in a child’s life. Fathers are central to the emotional well-being of their children; they are capable caretakers and disciplinarians.

Fathers are heads of families who care for mothers and their children. It is essential for mothers and their babies to develop a deep connection and adapt the spirit to spend quality time bonding with their babies. Father-infant bonds and the happiness of the entire family are very important at childhood level.

It is noted that young babies bond emotionally with people who give them regular care and affection.

Father’s involvement has increased dramatically over the past several decades, and simultaneously, the role of fathers in their families has evolved from conceptions of fathers as distant breadwinners to a more holistic recognition that they are equal co-parents. Accompanying these changes has been a growing interest among researchers in studying the role that fathers play in the lives of their children.

Anita Andrew, 14, said there’s no doubt about celebrating father’s day as they deserve to be given maximum respect.

She said having a father is so important that he always feel being supported.

“I am thankful to God that my Father is celebrating his day and therefore should join him. This day reminds him of his responsibilities and his affectionate love to all the children.”

I really appreciate my father because he raises me up with a lot of love and support to my education, Anita added.

“The best dad deserves the very best gift. So we’ve put together our top Father’s Day gifts all thoughtfully made, wonderfully unique, and designed to say,” Anita expressed.

“Dads have a direct impact on their children’s future. Involved fatherhood is linked to better outcomes on nearly every measure of child wellbeing, from cognitive development and educational achievement to self-esteem and pro-social behavior,” Charles Gore said.

He said children who grow up with involved fathers are more likely to earn mostly A’s in school. They perform well in class and get good grades in colleges.

Most children with parental care find stable employment after high school and are also taken care of even if they commit mistakes, Gore added.

In many occasions, families are strengthened by support of fathers.  Fathers provide services and programmes that aim to increase positive parenting skills, appropriate discipline, effective communication, emotional support, and stress management can have a double effect, reducing risk factors for child abuse and increasing protective factors. As a result, not only can children face a reduced risk of maltreatment, but they can also benefit from positive father involvement.

With the situation of South Sudan, where man is the head of the family, fathers are responsible for taking care of their children.

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