Today I ‘m sharing at Lauren’s site, The Chaotic Life of Lauren. I enjoy her site and her graphics are great! What I’ve noticed at her site is a wealth of wisdom and knowledge to our Christian walk. I hope you’ll go check it out!
“I don’t have a dad,” the young man explained. “I’ve never even met him.” Another young man knows who his dad is, but doesn’t stay in touch with him. Still, another has an abusive, alcoholic father who isn’t there emotionally.
All these boys conversed with me with little emotion, but I had to wonder if somehow hidden in the rifts of their minds pain was in there somewhere?
Hearing these young men candidly admit they were raised without fathers, broke my heart. I feel sad because it’s not the way it should be; the way God intended it.
In our society, a trend is growing with an increase in absent fathers. Regardless of how it happens whether estrangement, death or even a physically available but emotionally unavailable father. Being without a father has enormous consequences.
When I searched google, this is the list of effects of absent fathers.
- Increase anxiety and depression
- Increase substance abuse
- Children becoming parents at young age
- Increase divorce and relationship problems
- Behavioral problems
- For boys: 5x increase in suicide rate, 32x increase rate of incarceration.
- For girls: lack of security, earlier puberty, and parenthood
Fatherlessness is the most harmful demographic trend of this generation. ~David Blankenhorn
The truth is, we need our Dads in our lives. The role they play can’t be substituted by a mom. (Hear me, mothers who have raised kids by yourselves, you are doing a great job and your children might be the exception to these statistics.)
The role of a Father is essential to reverse the effects from above, but also when it comes to children’s faith. We need our dads for our faith!
6 Reasons Dad’s Role is Important
- When Dads attend church (with mothers), there is a greater probability kids will continue going.
- Dads can model what living as a Christian means.
- Father’s influence children’s commitment to faith.
- Guide our families to be strong in the Lord.
- Display thankfulness, service, and generosity as a legacy for the household.
- Model leadership, protection, and security.
To read the rest of my post including how to handle hurt caused by dads follow me to Lauren’s site.
My gift to you!
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