PRESS RELEASE – On this observation of International Men’s Day, the National Youth Council encourages men but more specifically young men, to embrace their roles in society.
Whether father, husband, mentor, teacher community activist, and entrepreneur we want them to remember that their contribution matters in the development of St. Lucia.
According to the International Men’s Day Website “the objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.”
NYC’s focus however, in today’s observation is the contribution of men to family; the critical role that men play as fathers in society, whether biological or social.
Studies have shown that, fathers play and significant role in a child’s development from birth through adulthood. Children with involved fathers have an advantage — socially and academically — over children with distant or no relationships with their dads.
With regards to fathers and children based on gender; there are some positives specific to a good father-son relationship. For example, those boys who have involved fathers are less likely to get in trouble with the police as they get older.
Furthermore, a good dad can be a positive role model for boys and help them to adopt a healthy gender identity as well as a better awareness of their feelings and emotions.
Girls, too, reap some special benefits from having a close father-daughter bond For example; girls who typically have more involved fathers are less likely to face psychological health problems later in life.
Genuine praise and admiration from a father can help his daughter grow up to be an independent, confident woman.
Furthermore, with the changing role of the modern father we encourage men to understand the direct impact they have on children and as fathers positive benefits they bring to their children, that no other person is as likely to bring; which multiplies to positive benefits for the family.