I did not have this growing up, my own father will freely admit this.
So my husband has shown me in many ways what a good father is.
Studies have shown that having a good relationship with ones father is paramount to success and confidence in individulas lives. Children with good fathers, handle stress better, interact with peers better and have an over all better quality of life.
Focus On The Family had a wonderful radio program on fathering intitled "Being a Champion to your Wife and Kids" by Josh McDowell, explaining very interesting statistics how much we need a fathers love. If you have time, I would highly encourage you to listen!
"If the very heart of a child does not believe that their daddy loves them, they will walk away from your truth.
All scientific research shows that a baby's brain is wired to connect through relationships, not emotionally, not spiritually, but physically. Children need cuddled and loved through affection.
What encourages a child to believe? Relationships"
Incidently there is a study that shows that children who were born via the anonymous sperm donor methed suffer. Why? Because there is no relationship. http://www.slate.com/id/2256212/
Today I am thankful for a huband who is also a father!