a secure relationship is essential for a child’s healthy development into adulthood[i]. In the past, studies surrounding the development of childrenhave focused almost exclusively on a child's relationships with their mother. Today, fathers play a unique and crucial role in nurturing and guiding the child's development. Many researchers now believe that fathers can be just as nurturing and sensitive with their babies as mothers[ii] even though they may be expressed differently. Healthy child development relies on the roles played by both the mother and father respectively, whether they live together or apart. The early years of bonding and attachment are crucial to the developing child's brain which sets the blueprint for the rest of their lives.