Dad's Important Role

Babies are meant to be raised by more than one person. In our society fathers or partners tend to be the other significant caregiver for a new baby. As with new mothers, it can be challenging for new fathers or partners to adapt to this new role. Yet everyone benefits when they do! Dads and partners can share in the all-important nurturing of baby. What they bring is different from what mothers bring, and babies flourish when this other responsive adult also cares for them. When two dads raise children, research shows that children benefit in the same way as when two moms raise them or heterosexual parents do. What matters for baby’s healthy development is to be cared for by responsive, responsible and loving adults.