Why Fathers Throw Children

By Glenn T. Stanton
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Mothers and fathers are obviously different. But do we appreciate how these differences contribute to healthy child development?

In the passenger lounge of the Kansas City airport some years ago, I saw the most amazing thing: an infant flying up above a dividing wall, levitating for just a second, then dropping back down behind the wall. I couldn’t look away; it happened again. And again, and again. I surmised one of two things. Either they have flying babies in Kansas City, or this baby was being tossed a couple of feet above head height by someone. And dollars to donuts, it was bound to be a father or grandfather doing the tossing.

This article, published in Plough Quarterly (Winter 2015), explains how dad’s general way of parenting creates more confident, considerate, responsible and more literate children…and one of these ways is by throwing his babies in the air!

Find out why here.

© 2015 Focus on the Family.

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About the Author

Glenn T. Stanton

Glenn T. Stanton is the director of Global Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family. He debates and lectures extensively on the issues of gender, sexuality, marriage and parenting at universities and churches around the world. Stanton also served the George W. Bush administration for many years as a consultant on increasing fatherhood involvement in the Head Start program. …

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