- Approximately 63% of youth suicides in the U.S. are kids who live in a home without a father.
- About 24 million children in America, or 1 out of every 3, live in homes without a father
- Studies show that fathers who are involved with their kids have better health, drink alcohol less, and have lower substance abuse
- Approximately 40% of children of divorce haven’t seen their father in a year
Growing up with a father figure in your life is important. I know, lots of kids don’t have a dad in their life. I totally understand. My parents have been divorce since I was in the third grade and my father has been a wash out ever since. He would promise me things and wouldn’t keep them. He showed me what I didn’t want in a guy. He showed me that you can’t trust everyone. He taught me that I can’t trust people at all. He lied, stole my childhood, stole my tears, broke my trust, and broke my heart.
I have sat at friends’ houses and constantly watched my friends play with their kids and feel jealous of their relationship. I mean, I was horrified that I, a seventeen year old, was jealous of sweet little girl and a little boy. I never had that type of relationship with my dad. When we were pretty little, I remember dad going to work and coming home around dinner time but instead of spending time with us; he would plopped himself in front of the tv and wouldn’t move until he went to bed. He refused to help around the house, make dinner or play with us.
Little girls need to have a Father figure who will love them but not even just by saying but showing it. They need someone who will take out on dates,on adventures, road trips, every game, concert, graduation, birthday party, show them how to shoot, and how they should be treated by a guy. But you know what, they shouldn’t just be there will the happy moments but the sad ones too. They should be there every time you are stressed over a big test or project, failed game, heart break, friend fight, broken dreams, and broken promises. They should be there to hold them when you are crying over someone and not be the reason for the tears.
Good news is that a father figure doesn’t have to be the guy who helped make you but also it can be who choose to be the your dad/father. It can an uncle, grandfather, step-dad, or friend. As of 2011, my step-dad came married my mom and made his mission that he cold show as a real father, be there for us good and bad, he made it to almost every concert, parent meeting, Daddy/Daughter Dance, car accidents, graduation, and tears. He stepped up even though he didn’t have too. He told me and my older sister that he wasn’t going to replace our father and that wasn’t his intention but he didn’t need too. I knew deep down that he was my dad. He IS my dad.
- When fathers are involved in their child’s education, the children perform better in school, learn more, and exhibit healthier behavior
- In the U.S., there are about 2 million single fathers
- Over 87 million cards are sent each year on Father’s Day, making it the 4th most popular day for sending cards.
- In 2013, there were 214,000 stay-at-home (SAH) dads in the U.S. SAH dads are defined as married fathers with children younger than 15 who are out of the labor force for at least one year to care for the family while their wives work outside of the home
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