Tink Tank reporter Justin Gadbury
It's June, and that means fathers day is approaching. The first fathers day celebration in the United States was on June 19th, 1910, in the state of Washington. That's over 100 years ago! But it wasn't until 1972, 62 years later, that fathers day became a national holiday. In some other countries like Estonia and South Korea, they don't celebrate fathers day. They celebrate Parents' Day, where they honor their Mother, Father, and Grandparents all in one day. I could focus today's article on how some fathers are great, always protecting us and doing fun things like taking us to ball games, but instead of that, I want to focus on what health risks and benefits come with being a father.
To get the obvious out of the way, becoming a parent comes with a significant financial toll. But having kids has benefits such as having better mental health. Having kids gives the father a sense of purpose to take care of themselves and their family and better self-esteem overall, according to Marcus Goldman, M.D., author of "The Joy of Fatherhood: The First Twelve Months."
But there are some health cons of being a dad. According to Ipsos MORI, on behalf of the Movember Foundation, a recent survey asking 4,000 men from multiple countries shows that 70% of new dad's stress levels increased in the first year. Enjoy sleep while you have it! Because when your newborn arrives, parents will get a lack of sleep, waking up every couple of hours taking care of their baby.
What you can take from the information I provided you today is that there are both benefits and cons to becoming a father, but at the end of the day, having a little version of yourself will outweigh the cons of having a kid.