There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal this week. It talked about how fathers have a unique influence on their children, even if they spend less time with them than mothers typically do. There is something about the way that fathers talk to their children a little differently than mothers do - apparently, men use more complex language structures and don't talk "down" to the kids as much as women do. The article also observed that fathers tend to play a little rougher with their children. This combination of fatherly talk and play in the early years helps to instill confidence and critical thinking that lasts a lifetime.
For my part, I remember reading the Wall Street Journal with my Dad when I was very young and I read it every day now, so there must be something to this. :-)
Happy Fathers Day, Dad!