10 Reasons to Take Good Care of a Father

  • It helps the economy. Family and marital problems stress fathers and lead to physical and mental illnesses that increase the nation's medical costs and decrease workforce productivity. These are public health problems, and addressing them would add hundreds of billions of dollars each year to our economy (with related benefits to tax revenues).

  • It's good for society. A culture that takes a stand for families by respecting and supporting the fathers as well as the mothers at their center will be more humane and decent for everyone.

  • It's good in itself. Being compassionate, considerate, and generous with a father feels good in its own right. It is also a deep form of spiritual practice to "love your neighbor as yourself" -- including the one sitting with you at the dining room table.

  • Rick Hanson is a clinical psychologist, Jan Hanson is an acupuncturist/nutritionist, and they are raising a daughter and son, ages 16 and 19. With Ricki Pollycove, M.D., they are the principal authors of "Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships," published by Penguin.

    Copyright © Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and Jan Hanson, L.Ac. Permission to republish granted to Pregnancy.org.