In recent years, dads roles are shifting from breadwinners and disciplinarians, to being more actively involved in their child's life.

Research shows moms and dads parent very differently.

Kim Krawec, Rocky View Parent Link Centre, Coordinator, says moms tend to be more nurturing and loving while dads tend to expose their kids to different challenge and risks, even in play.

“If you watch a mom playing with their child we tend to be more teaching. Everything we do we're trying to help them learn and grow their brains. We'll build blocks or puzzles. Where dads are more physical with their kids, down on the floor with their bodies more.”

Krawec adds, children need both styles in order to develop optimally.

A positive father figure doesn't have to be a biological father; it can be a grandpa or even an uncle.

Krawec explains having that involved male figure in the early years can have huge benefits later in life.

“Kids that have an involved male presence tend to be better at regulating their moods, emotions, better social skills, and they do better academically. They are also less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol and have a reduced risk of teen pregnancies.”

Just as moms have questions and concerns about parenting, so do dads.

The Rocky View Parent Link Centre provides an opportunity for dads to bring their kids in to play, socialize with other dads, and get information that they need on parenting.