With God…”NO CHILD IS LEFT BEHIND!” Even if a child has no earthly Father, our heavenly Father can and will step in…and no child has to lead a life feeling left out. That said, I encourage every parent to raise your child knowing God.
I would like to say that a “father” does not have to be biological. Mine wasn’t. But, I may sound old fashioned, but I pray that every child will have a Godly male role model who is able to substitute or mesh into a role of a principled, honorable father.
It does not cost a lot to be a great dad…all you have to do is care. I want to take this moment to wish every deserving Father a Happy Father’s Day! You noted that I used the word deserving? Hey, I’m like Planet Fitness… this is a “no judgement” zone. You see.
This will either be a day that dads ignore or that they humbly sit back to be celebrated. It is tough to be a dad. There is a ton of responsibility. Society, the world, your family expects a lot from you. And for a lot of dad’s …they may be thrust into the role before they are ready and that is kind of tough.
I WANT TO SAY HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO MY SWEET HUSBAND AND TO EVERY FATHER WHO STOOD BY AND DID THE RIGHT THING!
HERE ARE SOME STATISTICS WHICH REFLECT THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A FATHER IN THE HOME…
The Bible says:
A Father’s Discipline
“My son, do not hate the Lord’s training.
Do not object when He corrects you.
The Lord trains those He loves.
He is like
A Father’s Leadership
“Don’t fail to correct your children.
You won’t kill them by being firm,
and it may even save their lives.”
(Proverbs 23:13-14, CEV)
who trains the son he is pleased with.”
(Proverbs 3:11-12, NIrV)
Children with involved Fathers are more confident, better able to deal with frustration, better able to gain independence and their own identity, more likely to mature into compassionate adults, more likely to have a high self esteem, more sociable, more secure as infants, less likely to show signs of depression, less likely to commit suicide, more empathetic, boys have been shown to be less aggressive and adolescent girls are less likely to engage in sex.
63% of teen suicides come from fatherless homes. That’s 5 times the national average.
SOURCE: U.S. Dept of Health
90% of all runaways and homeless children are from fatherless homes. That’s 32 times the national average.
80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes. 14 times the national average.
SOURCE: Justice and Behavior
85% of children with behavioral problems come from fatherless homes. 20 times the national average.
SOURCE: Center for Disease Control
71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. 9 times the national average.
SOURCE: National Principals Association Report
75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. 10 times the national average.
SOURCE: Rainbow’s for all God’s Children
85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes. 20 times the national average.
SOURCE: U.S. Dept. of Justice
Daughters of single parents without a Father involved are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers, 711% more likely to have children as teenagers, 164% more likely to have a pre-marital birth and 92% more likely to get divorced themselves.
91% of 701 fathers surveyed by the University of Texas at Austin agreed that there is a “father-absence crisis in America.” What were the 4 major obstacles for fathers to overcome? 1) Work demands 2) The media 3) Pop Culture 4) Finances
Researchers of Columbia University found that children living in two-parent households with a poor relationship with their father are 68% more likely to smoke, drink or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households. Moreover, teens in single-mother households fared much worse. They had a 30% higher risk than those in all two-parent households.
“Without two parents, working together as a team, the child has more difficulty learning the combination of empathy, reciprocity, fairness and self-command that people ordinarily take for granted. If the child does not learn this at home, society will have to manage his behavior in some other way. He may have to be rehabilitated, incarcerated, or otherwise restrained. In this case, prisons will substitute for parents.”
SOURCE: Morse, Jennifer Roback. “Parents or Prisons.” Policy Review, 2003
Children with Fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school.
SOURCE: National Household Education Survey
Children with Fathers who are involved are 70% less likely to drop out of school.
Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to get A’s in school.
Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities.
Even in high crime neighborhoods, 90% of children from stable 2 parent homes where the Father is involved do not become delinquents.
SOURCE: Development and Psychopathology 1993
Adolescent girls raised in a 2 parent home with involved Fathers are significantly less likely to be sexually active than girls raised without involved Fathers.
SOURCE: Journal of Marriage and Family, 1994
If you have a great dad or father of your children……we would love to hear his story…and please tell him Happy Father’s Day!