The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has come up with a new analysis report revealing fathers of today fails to play or engage in early learning activities with their kids.
A statement released by UNICEF New York, Communications Specialist, Ms Georgina Thompson, to commemorate Father’s Day writes 55 percent of children in 74 countries were affected by less time spent by fathers.
Quoting UNICEF Director of Data, Research and Policy, Ms Laurence Chandy, the statement further added fathers are struggling to play active role during the initial years of their kid’s learning.
Chandy added, “We must break down the barriers that prevent fathers from providing their babies and young children a conducive environment for them to thrive, including love, play, protection and nutritious food.”
Data of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) on parenting behaviours was used in the analysis and it looked at whether children of 3 or 4 years of age were engaged in any play or other activities like story telling or singing with their fathers.
UNICEF meanwhile has also urged private sectors and governments to come up with policies that would increase spending of father’s time and support with kids.
Chandy said the programmes should aim to make parents aware about spending more time with their nurturing children.
If believed to neuroscience, the new neural connections are increased among children if they spend earliest years in a nurturing environment.
Chandy added, “These connections help determine their health, ability to learn and deal with stress, and even influence their earning capacity as adults.”