Why dads make a difference

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From Under the Rainbow, a publication of Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

By Lydia Furman, M.D. | Published Fall 2013

The bond between mother and child is one of the most important connections humans can make. But the bond between father and child is just as vital, and includes his support of the mother and the family unit.

Studies indicate the impact of a father’s presence – or absence – in his children’s lives can have lifelong effects. Fortunately, today’s culture encourages men to go beyond traditional roles and become involved, caring supporters of their children and their partners.

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Lydia Furman, M.D., is a pediatrician at University Hospitals’ Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and
Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She also has a longstanding affiliation with Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development.


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