Modern day fathers can be single or married, externally employed or stay-at home, gay or straight, an adoptive or step-parent, and a more than capable, affectionate caregiver to children facing physical or psychological challenges.

Today's father

The modern day father comes in various forms. Today’s father is no longer always the traditional married breadwinner and disciplinarian in the family. He can be single or married; externally employed or stay-at home; gay or straight; an adoptive or step-parent; and a more than capable caregiver to children facing physical or psychological challenges. Psychological research across families from all ethnic backgrounds suggests that fathers' affection and increased family involvement help promote children's social and emotional development.