Fathers More Involved with Kids Than Decade Ago

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A government survey suggests fathers are more involved with their kids now than a decade ago.

Of those fathers surveyed, most say they are heavily-involved, hands-on parents.

Ninety percent of dads with kids younger than 5 say they bathe their children, change diapers, and help them go to the bathroom or get dressed several times a week. And 90 percent of dads with children aged 5-18 say they eat meals with their kids and talk with them about what's happening during their day several times a week.

The results are important "because other studies have found the more involved dads are, the better the outcomes for their children," said researcher Jo Jones of the National Center for Health Statistics, who co-authored the report.

More academic success, fewer behavior problems and healthier eating habits are just some of the ways fathers' involvement has been linked with children's well-being.

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