Dad”, “Dads”, “Fatherhood”, and “Fathering” redirect here. A father is the male parent the education of the child is the father of a child. Besides the paternal bonds of a father to his children, the father may have a parental, legal, and social relationship with the child that carries with it certain rights and obligations. An adoptive father is a male who has become the child’s parent through the legal process of adoption.
The adjective “paternal” refers to a father and comparatively to “maternal” for a mother. The verb “to father” means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the noun “fathering”. The paternity rights of a father with regard to his children differ widely from country to country often reflecting the level of involvement and roles expected by that society. Paid paternity leave first began in Sweden in 1976, and is paid in more than half of European Union countries.
British fathers experiences paternity fraud during a non-paternity event, bringing up a child they wrongly believe to be their biological offspring. In almost all cultures fathers are regarded as secondary caregivers. This perception is slowly changing with more and more fathers becoming primary caregivers, while mothers go to work or in single parenting situations, male same-sex parenting couples. In the West, the image of the married father as the primary wage-earner is changing. The social context of fatherhood plays an important part in the well-being of men and all their children.