“Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.” Those are all true, but how about good dads? Good dads raise good sons, who become good men.
In short, America needs more great fathers.
As families are preparing to celebrate Father’s Day, tens of millions of kids all across the nation will have nothing to celebrate, according to Census data analyzed by the experts at Daily Wire. The devastating impact of this trend is worrying because kids who grow up with no present father figure are more likely to grow up and not take care of their own kids. It’s a vicious and tragic cycle. Why? Because a father-absent childhood is likely to significantly affect a child’s perception of life, and their life choices later on in life.
“You can’t be what you don’t see...”
In many communities, fatherlessness is so prevalent that many kids have no role model to look up to whatsoever. Studies have found that communities with incredibly high rates of single parents are 4x more likely to be impoverished. Kids raised without a father are more likely to be unemployed and eventually turn to crime.
Fatherlessness is associated with almost every societal problem plaguing our nation right now.
Here are just a few of the damaging effects growing up fatherless can have on a child:
Warped perception of life, including education, and life choices
Not respecting authority, because there’s none in the child’s home
Adolescent women have a higher chance of getting pregnant
Higher chances of unemployment and impoverishment
Higher chances of suicides in fatherless high school students
Children from fatherless homes likely to participate in more government social programs
More susceptible to committing crimes
There simply will not be anything effective in place to solve this crisis if there is not the political will to promote the nuclear family structure. Currently, one side of the aisle has relentlessly promoted to disrupt the “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure." But that goes way beyond politics, because policies are downstream from culture.
“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
-What we believe - Black Lives Matter
We now live in a culture that has normalized single parenthood and promotes the choice to not raise kids in a nuclear family structure. Masculinity is slowing eroding and evaporating in our culture because it’s being portrayed with a negative light, and the word is beginning to come with a negative connotation. Terms like “toxic masculinity” are used frequently and many men are afraid to be classified as “toxic.” What many don’t understand is this - taking responsibility by raising his kids is the most “masculine” thing a man can ever do.
Devastating impacts of fatherlessness in numbers:
An estimated 24.7 million children (33%) live with their biological father absent
Students in grades 1 through 12, 39% (17.7 million) lives in homes absent their biological fathers.
57.6% of black childcare, 31.2% of Hispanic children, and 20.7% of white children are living absent their biological fathers
44% fatherless families are more likely to raise children living in poverty
90% of all homeless and runaway children are fatherless
80% of adolescents in psychiatric hospitals come from fatherless homes and are 2x more likely to commit suicide
Fatherless children are 9x more likely to drop out of school
70% of teen pregnancies happen in fatherless homes
If fatherlessness was classified as a disease it would be an epidemic- a national emergency- and it should be treated with attention warranted to one.
To men out there; man up and take responsibility. Parenthood is the most rewarding gift, and the world needs more great dads.