Do dads matter in their childrens' health?
The evidence here is overwhelmingly yes. What men do affects their children’s health whether they want it to or not, even before birth (and that doesn’t just apply to activities directly related to healthcare.)
The trouble is that many including policy-makers, professionals and commissioners assume the role is almost entirely mum's. It isn't. Dads may do more than you think. And, in some areas that are vital to health, the contribution is at least as important as mum’s.
The Men's Health Forum report Dads Make a Difference brings together the limited research with new survey evidence and case studies to make key recommendations to policy-makers, commissioners and providers designed to make it easier for men to do what they already do and enable and encourage them to do more.
I have really appreciated being able to have a much more hands-on role in the upbringing of my children than just being the money earner. My wife works part time so it takes a lot of juggling to use annual leave days or flexi time to allow my wife to work.