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Absentee Dads: A National Crisis?

 

 

 

2005 Sharon Hughes 

 

 

 

Our nation just celebrated Father's Day. For many the day serves as a time for getting together with dad and granddad to honor them in some special way. For others the day serves as a painful reminder of the absence of a loving father in their lives. 

 

Being a father can be one of the most rewarding and one of the toughest jobs on earth...and not everyone gets it right. Juggling work and family responsibilities takes some deliberate effort.

 
According to Fathers.com ...
 
The bottom line is clear. Kids suffer without dad in the house, or from dad not being around enough to make a difference. If we were talking about any other issue, with these percentages we would call it a national crisis
The Bush Administration has said about the importance of dads, "The presence of two committed, involved parents contributes directly to better school performance, reduced substance abuse, less crime and delinquency, fewer emotional and other behavioral problems, less risk of abuse or neglect, and lower risk of teen suicide. The research is clear: fathers factor significantly in the lives of their children. There is simply no substitute for the love, involvement, and commitment of a responsible father."

You may be a wonderful father, or had one, but there are thousands of kids today who don't. I want to encourage the men to be a father to the fatherless, which will not only have an impact on a child's life for the rest of his life which is good cause enough, but will as well impact our nation for good as the next generation steps into the role of leading in our country.
Related:
 
The Importance of Fathers in Children's Lives
http://www.fathermag.com/topics/importance/
 
Benefits of Being Involved
http://www.fathers.com/help/importance.html
 
Bush Administration Calls Strong Families Key

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/3/18/222708.shtml

 

 

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