Mother's Day. It's the time of the year when we reverse roles and nurture the nurturers. We don't really think of fathers as "nurturers," because mothers are clearly (and biologically) programmed for that role. But when fathers have positive interactive involvement with their children, there's no doubt that nurturing takes place.
Recent long-term studies show that what makes a father "great," according to surveys, is being actively involved, and in tune, with their children. In other words, being a "dad."
For years I've had conversations with people about the distinctions between being a father, and being a dad. To simplify, being a father is a biological condition; being a dad is a choice. When children have a father who enjoys and is committed to being a "dad," they benefit tremendously.
Lack of a father's presence (and thus, opportunity for involvement) typically results in behavioral issues for boys, and emotional problems for girls. The desire to be a parent, coupled with the choice to be a dad, is not only a winning formula for children, but it's what makes us different from other mammals (95% of male mammals offer no parental care whatsoever).