By Invitation

Memories of my father and the lessons he taught me

Unlike fathers of today, those of an older generation had little to guide them and were not given to overt gestures of affection. But love can be expressed in many other ways.

In recent years, there have been much interest, research and attention on fatherhood and its unique influence on the development of children and their well-being, the impact of which could last well into adulthood.

Long-term studies indicate that having a nurturing connection with an actively involved father may help protect children from developing various behavioural problems that in turn could lead to negative life outcomes. Engaged fathers also appear to be able to enhance their children's cognitive skills and general problem-solving abilities, both invaluable assets in academic performance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2019, with the headline 'Memories of my father and the lessons he taught me'. Print Edition | Subscribe