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The Importance of Fathers

Fathers: They grow up so fast, don't they? Research has found fathers spend about three times as many hours a week with their children now (7.3 hours per week) compared to dads in 1965 (2.5 hours per week). Many 1965 fathers were still pretty great, but economic and social landscapes have shifted, resulting in more women in the workplace and an increase in family-focused dads. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates in 2012 there were more than 189,000 full-time stay-at-home fathers caring for about 369,000 kids across America. That's a pretty far cry from Michael Keaton's "Mr. Mom."

But just what makes a man a father? Is the title simply a legal or biological statement, or is it something more? These videos sing an ode to all things dad: life lessons, heart-to-heart talks, father-daughter dancing, and the invaluable impact these lovable men make on our lives. Whether related by blood, adoption, marriage or love and support, many dads are there through it all. Oh, did we mention they're humble? A 2012 poll showed 40 percent of fathers surveyed just want to spend quality time with their family on Father's Day, and 20 percent said no gift was necessary. Just in case, 13 percent said they wouldn't be opposed to a gift card...hint hint.

Written by Curiosity Staff June 12, 2014

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