What is a ‘Dad’venture?

I’m not unique in getting hold of the term Dadventure, but I am keen to attach it to my blog as I feel it fits with what I’m trying to achieve.

The esteemed Author and Adventurer Al Humphries has coined the phrase #microadventure to describe an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.

A #dadventure can echo some of those same sentiments; challenging, fun, rewarding, whilst focusing on the shared experiences between children and their father.  The adventure can be as a vast or as varied as the thoughts will allow.

The essential goal is to cement that bond , especially as children grow and gain Independence and are allowed to pursue their own dreams and ambitions.

Maureen Black, PhD, a researcher and professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine states, “That added involvement from a father helps children tremendously.”  Specifically, her research found better language skills and fewer behavioral problems in children with an actively involved father. Interestingly, this result holds true even if the father doesn’t live in the same home as the child.  It also appears that how involved the dad is and not where he lives in relation to the child …  is the crucial factor!

Researchers at the University of Oxford in England reached the same conclusion about the link between a father’s involvement and academic success in their study of 17,000 British school children.   Psychologist Eirine Flouri, one of the study’s authors noted that, “An involved father figure reads to his child, takes outings with his child, is interested in his child’s education, and takes a role equal to the mother’s in managing his child.”   From this she found that children with this type of dad were more likely to get good grades in school.

Whilst plenty of research on fathering exists, one thing that goes without saying is that fathers have a crucial role to play in the cognitive, social, and emotional development of their children.

I look forward to hearing about your own #dadventures, both big and small..

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