Caring Fathers

Empowering Children to be Loving Human Beings
  • Kevin J. SwickEmail author
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 6)


Research shows that young children benefit tremendously from having caring fathers. This chapter seeks to explore the many dimensions of how caring fathers indeed empower their children. Particular emphasis is placed on the roles that fathers play in developing strong social and emotional relations with young children. Strategies that are helpful in this process of father-child bonding are explored and highlighted as related to helping children develop the needed confidence and competence to participate effectively and with joy in their world. In addition, challenges to fathers’ caring are reviewed and related to strategies needed for addressing these issues.


Caring Fathering Parenting Father-child relations Family relations Empowering children Father development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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