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Why Every Child Needs A Healthy Father

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

Being a father can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experience that a man can ever have.Taking part in the growth and development of another human being is a major responsibility that requires a high degree of attentiveness, persistence, and lots of patience.

In order for a child to have a balanced upbringing, they need the nurturing influences of a mother, but also the strong masculine qualities of a father.

Studies show that children who grow up without a father are at an increased risk for developing depression, behavioral issues, and even low self esteem.

Let’s take a closer look at why every child needs a healthy father.

Healthy Fathers Provide Guidance

Since children have very limited life experiences, they will naturally look to adults for guidance. As a parent, almost everything that you say or do is being recorded by your child. As a result, the behavior that you display will have a direct impact on their lives.

By demonstrating habits such as healthy eating and regular exercise, you will be teaching them the importance of taking care of their bodies and their health.

On the flip-side, unhealthy habits such as poor diet and sedentary lifestyle can negatively influence your child’s behavior, and encourage them to make unhealthy choices in the future.

healthy fathers teach discipline

Disciplining a child is a very controversial topic that causes mixed emotions for many people.

As a father, I strongly believe that failing to teach your child discipline is one of the worst things that you can do to them.

When a child lacks proper discipline, the problem goes well beyond the occasional temper tantrum. If left unchecked, an undisciplined child may potentially grow up to become a dependent adult who lacks drive and accountability.

"One of the best ways to teach discipline to your child is by being disciplined yourself".

If you consistently maintain a healthy lifestyle, you will be teaching one of the highest forms of self discipline.

healthy fathers provide motivation

Unless you may have forgotten, being a kid can be tough. Having to meet academic expectations along with peer pressure can easily demotivate any child.

When facing such challenges, sometimes a few words of motivation is all that's needed to help a child overcome an obstacle.

As a father, it is your responsibility to fill this role. In order to be an effective motivator, you must be motivated yourself.

When a father is in good health physically and mentally, he will be fully equipped to provide support to his child when they need it the most.

healthy fathers leave a legacy

What comes to mind when you hear the word legacy? For most fathers, leaving a legacy for their children is one of their main priorities. Being a healthy father will ensure that you perform at the highest level in your career, allowing you to fully provide for your child’s future.

Besides material wealth, a healthy father can also pass down years of experience.

Gifting your child with this valuable knowledge will help them avoid costly mistakes, which will set them up for success in the future.


Fatherhood is a privilege that shouldn’t be taken lightly. By maintaining good health you will not only be an excellent role model, but also live long enough to see them prosper well into adulthood.

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Aaron Henry PA-C

Men's Health Coach

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