Why is a dad's relationship so important?

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'There are two sides to being a dad,' says David Bartlett from the Fatherhood Institute. 'It's about what they do in relation to their children, but also their relationship with the mothers that affect things.'

Research shows that children with involved dads get a number of benefits.

'It's important to realise, though, that many of these benefits are linked to having a strong relationship with the mum, as well,' says David.

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Rachel Morris, psychotherapist and author of The Single Parent's Handbook, has a different take on it. 'Children who grow up in a single parent family will develop different sets of skills, if they don't have anyone who fills the role of 'dad'. In my own son's case, he created a fantasy of what his dad would have been able to teach him or help him with, even though it would probably have made very little difference.'

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Fiona Johnston

Although my father was in the RAF when I was small then later in the Navy, I always had a very good relationship with him. Sadly he died in 1993 while my parents were away on holiday in France. In fact when Mum contracted a virus when I was small, he looked after me, changed nappies etc and we developed a good bonded relationship, even though later when he joined the Navy and had to go to sea, his return home for leave was the highlight. I suppose by today's standards, he was a man ahead of his time

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