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.]