Fathers

matter. And they matter a lot: Recent research shows that spending time with fathers improves infants’ language development and has a positive effect on a child’s growth, development and success in life. And even when a father doesn’t live with his child, studies show that children with more involved fathers have fewer behavior problems and score better on academic tests.

The Big Lessons I’ve Learned About Being a Stepfather

The Big Lessons I’ve Learned About Being a Stepfather

The Big Lessons I’ve Learned About Being a Stepfather I was raised by my stepfather. Now I get to be a stepdad to someone else and it's wonderful. By Gustavo Muñiz, First 5 LA Graphic Designer When I was around 24, I started proclaiming that I wanted to be a father....

Father’s Day 2020: First 5 LA Dads on Safer at Home

Father’s Day 2020: First 5 LA Dads on Safer at Home

Father’s Day 2020: First 5 LA Dads on Safer at HomeFor most of us, staying safe at home with family has brought both struggles and small triumphs. To celebrate Father’s Day this extraordinary year, we asked dads working at First 5 LA to share their own challenges and...

What Makes Millennial Dads Different?

What Makes Millennial Dads Different?

What Makes Millennial Dads Different? Millennial dads are different. And it’s not just because 97% of fathers now do diaper changes — as opposed to back in 1982, when a study found that more than 40% of dads said they had never changed a diaper. From time invested in...

10 Tips for New Dads

10 Tips for New Dads

10 Tips for New DadsAs both a father of three young kids and the blog editor for the Los Angeles Dads Group, the only all-dads group in L.A. County, I get asked this question a lot from soon-to-be dads: “So, what’s it really like?” So, as I devour my kids’ peanut...

Fathers Matter

Fathers MatterWhether you're a working dad or a stay at home dad, your interaction with your child plays an important role in the healthy development of his emotional, behavioral, academic and physical well-being. You can check out great tips and stories that "Hero...

Father Lives Best

Father Lives Best

Father Lives Best A study led by a researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine shows that men who have children have a lower risk of dying from heart disease than men with no kids. The researchers, though, were quick to point out that the results of the...

Becoming Dad

Becoming DadBecause my husband and I dated for more than eight years before marrying, I had A LOT of time to think about what he would be like as a father. Before he became a dad, my husband seemed uncertain about fatherhood and would semi-seriously say things like,...

Being a New Parent

Being a New Parent

Being a New ParentBeing a new parent can be the scariest, hardest, most overwhelming, rewarding and exciting experience of your life. You are not expected to know everything about being a parent from the start; there are so many things you will learn throughout...

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