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This edition: The First Two Years

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This special topic lesson examines the evolving role of the father. It illustrates how a father’s approach can be different than a mother’s and explains how this can play an important role in the healthy development of their children. Now more than ever, fathers are changing diapers, giving baths, and feeding their children. In addition, fathers can affect their children’s gross and fine motor development through play, and their cognitive development through reading and games. The video lesson discusses how researchers have built on general knowledge of parental involvement and child development to consider the unique contribution that fathers make to their children’s development.

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