Study: Dads have impact on behavior, school performance

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A new study finds the rough-housing that happens between a dad and a child is healthy. Newcastle University researchers say quality physical play is linked to fewer emotional difficulties and better emotional self-regulation in kids.

This is the latest study showing the importance of a father in a child's life. A previous study in Canada found children with engaged dads do better in school and are less likely to be suspended or expelled.

"I would say: 'Never underestimate the importance of your value in your child's life.' You are far more critical than you think you are. We know that father engagement is just critical to so many aspects of a child's well-being," said Jennifer Baker, leader of Good Dads, Inc.

You can hear Community Foundation president Brian Fogle talk about the difference that a dad makes in a child's life at Good Dad's Tuesday Lunch series on Tuesday (June 14). It's at the Downtown Church on the northeast corner of Jefferson Avenue at Walnut Street at noon. The best part: the event and the lunch are free.