Where a father is needed

For all you fathers out there, Happy post Father’s Day.  Thank you for raising your children, bringing them up to be ready for the challenges this world brings and giving them a chance to grow themselves.

I found this article in the family spectrum magazine, one of the Omaha publications.  This information is not really on the brighter side of things, but it is important for everyone to know about.

Celebrating Fatherhood: An important Missing Link — Fathers are Necessary to the Healthy Development of Children.

Anthony has been raised by a  loving mother and other family members for the past 11 years, but there is a huge hole in his heart… his missing father.  …  Research shows that a loving and nurturing father improves outcomes for children, families and communities, and fathers who live with their children are more likely to have a close, enduring relationship with their children.  Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors including drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. The growing absence of fathers in children’s lives has emerged as one of our nation’s greatest social problems, resulting in lost opportunities for children and a financial burden to society.

American children are in crisis and families are in need of assistance due to father absence. Statistics consistently point out that children who grow up without their fathers are more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.  {RESEARCH: About 75% of children raised in father-absent homes will experience poverty before they reach age 11, compared to only 20% of kids in two parent families.}  The truth is this: Children need committed fathers as much as they need their mothers.

Now I don’t know where everyone is coming from, it just might be the situation that a father can not be around his children or something else has happened, but these kind of situation are very serious and detrimental not only to the kids but also for the country as a whole.  Thanks to the Fathers that have stayed committed to the children, be biological or adoptive, and committed to their wives (or cooperative) with them. 

Here is the rest of the article

While it’s impossible to piece together a complete picture though statistics alone, the following indicate some correlation between absentee fathers and a variety of social problems:

  • In a 1997 report to Congress, the U.S. Center of Mental Health Services (CMHS) provided national demographic data on children enrolled in CMHS funded services. They found that “on the whole, children living in single-parent families are more likely to experience poverty than children living in two-parent homes.” Further, “of those children living in poverty, 73% were living in families maintained by mothers, as compared to 22% of those children living with both parents, and 5% living with their fathers.”
  • In a 2004 study by the National Council on Family Relations, researchers noted that “most children (56%) live in two-biological-parent married families,” but that “the share of Children residing with two biological married parents has been steadily declining.” This decline was found to negatively affect child well-being in several ways, including that “adolescents living outside two-biological-parent married families tend to exhibit more behavioral and emotional problems” and are “significantly less engaged in school.”
  • A study published in the February 2007 issue of the Journal of Population Economics notes: “There is longstanding evidence that youth raised by single parents are more likely to perform poorly in school and partake in ‘deviant’ behaviors such as smoking, sex, substance use, and crime. However, there is not widespread agreement as to whether the timing of the marital disruption differentially impacts youth outcomes.” After undertaking their research, the authors concluded that an additional five years spent with the biological father significantly lowers a youth’s likelihood of engaging in the named behaviors, and that in general, “the longer the father remains in the household, the ‘better off’ the youth is.”

The evidence is clear. Fathers are extremely important figures in the lives of their children and their influence cannot be underestimated.

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