Christopher Chambers is a parent educator and fatherhood specialist in the Parents as Teachers program in Missouri. He wrote this op-ed about home visiting:
As a fatherhood specialist with Parents As Teachers, I try to capture and build on that special something — the unique-to-them way dads can help their young children to learn from and understand their worlds in ways that are very different from how mom might approach things. Take, for example, dad-style roughhousing. Researchers say that rough and tumble play fosters curiosity and teaches children to regulate emotion and enjoy surprises. So rather than trying to get dad to sit still and read quietly, we incorporate what already feels natural into a reading routine, helping dads find more physical, interactive ways to share books and language with their little ones. This “meeting parents where they are” philosophy guides evidence-based home visiting models around the country.