Being a parent in this world is a tough gig, so many rights and wrongs, rules to obey, recipes to follow, bums to wipe. One thing that parents struggle to do is sit back and view the forest past the mess in the playroom, lounge room and let’s be honest… all the rooms.
As fathers, our partners can often deserve to get the bulk of the credit for doing the bulk of the heavy lifting (wiping?) while rearing children in this modern society. However, one thing is becoming increasingly apparent both anecdotally and now shown in research [1,2] . Dads have a massive impact on the physical, emotional and social growth of their children.
We know that physical activity, healthy routines and good nutrition are critical for growing bodies and minds, and fathers can play a crucial role in parenting by consistently modelling those practices. When your children witness and engage with you while eating nutritious meals, participating in exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle, it can have a huge impact on your families’ future health.