Involved dads can make a major contribution to raising sensitive, empathie kids. A long-term study begun in the 1950s found that children whose fathers were positively involved in their care when they were age five were found thirty years later to be more empathic, sensitive adults than those whose fathers were absent. Another study involving first-grade boys in intact families revealed that kids whose fathers took more responsibility for their sons' discipline and schoolwork and were more involved in their children's personal problems were significantly more tuned into the feelings and needs of others. This was true regardless of the father's own level of empathy.
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