And Happy Father's Day to my dad and to Mr. Edwards's dad. Thank you both for your godly example and love.
Check out this article which relates some research about the importance of fathers. Children benefit from the unique and different parenting of both their father and their mother. For example:
As important, paternal play promotes social skills, intellectual development, and a sense of self-control. The playful side to fathers teaches their children how to regulate their feelings and behavior as they interact with others. Engaging in rough physical play with dad teaches children how to deal with aggressive impulses and physical contact without losing control of their emotions. For instance, one study found that father-child play taught children to recognize others’ emotions and to regulate their own emotions. (W. Bradford Wilcox)