3 Gifts Every Father Can Give His Family

If you watched the Super Bowl this year, you likely noticed the strategic marketing to men in general, but fathers, in particular. And for good reason – the right kind of men are needed, especially at home. As someone who loves football, and a good commercial, it was refreshing to see Toyota, Nissan, and Dove encouraging men to be good fathers.

Let's face it; parenting is hard. It's easy for a father to minimize or misunderstand how important his role is in the home. For a lot of guys, home is the toughest place to be a man. The statistics of the fatherless are both scary and sobering.

In one study by the National Father Initiative, research found the following statistics:

"In America, 60 percent of all rapists, 72 percent of adolescent murders, and 70 percent of long-term prison inmates come from fatherless homes."

In another study, research found that children from fatherless homes account for

  • 63 percent of youth suicides
  • 71 percent of pregnant teenagers
  • 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children
  • 85 percent of all youth who exhibit behavior disorders
  • 71 percent of high school dropouts

The studies go on and on. Our culture has many social problems that are directly related to the role and responsibility a father is supposed to have in the home.

[Read the rest of the article at For the Family.]