Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!
To me, this is a very special Father’s Day. It’s my first as an expectant dad. My wife, Jessica, and I are expecting a baby boy in September, and we couldn’t be more excited.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be a dad, because we’re having a baby, but also because we get briefing after briefing at Multnomah County about how important a child’s first days and months are.
Research shows the first 1,000 days of a child’s life are the most critical. That’s when children need safe homes, good nutrition, and parents that can devote the time that’s needed to raising them. When a child’s life starts out well, they are more likely to do well in school, are less likely to commit crimes, and enjoy better health outcomes throughout their lives.
We often say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to raising a child, that couldn’t be more true.