Fathers are important

From My friend Rosemary in the United Family newsletter highlight great facts about Dads.

What do Dads have to do with the following:

Their children completing high school?
Children in single-mother homes were less likely to complete high school, attend or graduate from college than children in intact married mother/FATHER families. (62*)

Their children doing well in school?
Students who live with both parents (mother/FATHER) in an intact family had consistently higher reading and math scores than their peers from other living arrangements.(60*)

Their childrens’ perception of how hard their childhood was?
Young adults of divorced parents reported tending to wish their FATHER had spent more time with them. They were three times more likely to wonder if their FATHERS really loved them than students with married parents. (66*)

Their children dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
More than two-thirds of all babies who die of SIDS were born to unmarried mothers.
(page 55, sidebar*)

Their daughter’s vulnerability to developing eating disorders?
Twice as high among young women with unmarried parents than among peers with married mothers and FATHERS. (74*)

Their children having emotional, developmental and behavior problems?
All are significantly decreased in mother/FATHER families. (59, 64, 72*)

Researcher Paul Amato found that, “Married FATHERS can exercise an abiding, important and positive influence on their children and are especially likely to do so in a happy marriage.”(1)
In spite of media reports, the majority of the general public (69%) agrees with the social science statistics which unequivocally show that in all areas, children do better when living with their married mother and FATHER as compared to all other living arrangements. (2)
No doubt about it, Dads have EVERYTHING to do with the life-long success, security and happiness of their children.
*Refers to Fast Facts from United Families International Guide to Family Issues: the Marriage Advantage (Guide to Family Issues: The Marriage Advantage)

(1) Amato, P. R. (1998). More than money? Men’s contributions to their children’s lives. In A. Booth and A. C. Crouter (Eds.), Men in families: When do they get involved? What difference does it make? (pp.241-278). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

(2) Taylor, P., Funk, C., Clark, A., (2007). Pew Research Center, “As Marriage and Parenthood Drift Apart, Public Is Concerned about Social Impact.” 1 July, 2007

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