I am very involved in my kid’s lives. I work at home and I do all the jobs of a stay-at-home-dad. It is very difficult (some days impossible) trying to balance the two sides equally and effectively. I always seem to feel like something it losing out. Whether this is true or not, it’s a real pleasure being able to be a big part of my kid’s lives. When I was working in consulting long hours and frequent travel made reaching a balance literally impossible. But the facts are, the more involved a dad is, the more successful his children are…and that’s the most important thing any dad should know.

A father’s influence can determine a child’s social life, academic achievement, and future achievements. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance’s National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) and the Ad Council have teamed up with DreamWorks Animation in an effort to inspire and support men in their commitment to responsible fatherhood.

Did you know that an amazing eighty-six percent (86%) of dads spend more time with their children today than their own fathers did with them? A majority of those dads (7 out of 10) also reported that they could use tips on how to be a better parent, according to a national survey conducted by the Ad Council. The bottom in this simple:

Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.

To help spread the word, the Ad Council has unveiled a new series of PSAs featuring footage from DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming film Kung Fu Panda 3. The campaign PSAs reinforce the campaign’s award-winning tagline, “Take Time to Be a Dad Today.”

DreamWorks Animation donated their time, talent and resources for the campaign, which features footage and characters from the Kung Fu Panda 3 film. In the upcoming film, Po, the franchise protagonist, reunites with his long-lost birth father. The story highlights the special relationship between father and son and shows the unique challenges that Po is able to overcome with the love and support of his father. Check it out here:

Well, is this not a pretty much perfect pairing? We all have challenges and no one is a perfect father, but that fact that you try your best and love your kids makes all the difference in the world. It’s as good as it gets, despite the ups and the downs.

Take Time to Be a Dad Today.

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