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Nurturing dads raise emotionally intelligent kids – helping make society more respectful and equitable

By Kevin Shafer, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Canadian Studies, Brigham Young University
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When my oldest son, now nearly 13, was born in July of 2008, I thought I could easily balance my career and my desire to be far more engaged at home than my father and his generation were. I was wrong.

Almost immediately, I noticed how social policies, schools and health care systems all make it difficult for dads to be highly involved and engaged at home. Contradictory expectations about work and family life abound.

As a fatherhood researcher with four kids of my own, I am convinced…

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