The Importance of Fathers in Families
Fatherhood Today Magazine: 50M Dads Report Needing Help
- Today there are approx 80M men in the US and Canada who are fathers or will be fathers in the next 5 years.
- Over 80% of US dads feel they need help on Fatherhood issues; 75% of those do not know where to get quality fatherhood help.
- There are dozens of fine US organizations (mostly very small non-profits) working in this area today, but most are local (such as churches) or strictly policy based.
- None, by themselves, is big enough or connected enough to ‘move the cultural needle’ on fatherhood – or even get close – in the face of the cultural forces pushing in the other direction.
- There is no over-arching cooperative strategy that might allow these organizations to multiply their impact through coordinated action.
Respect for Fatherhood in our Culture
- Respect for Fatherhood and the percentage of men who are actively involved Dads has declined steadily in the US over the past 50 years.
- Our society now constantly celebrates the rich, the powerful, the famous and the infamous… but never good fathers.
- Much of popular media minimizes or actively puts down Fatherhood (for example, the preponderance of “Doofus Dads” on TV these days).
- The importance of fathers, even the need for fathers, is now openly called into question in certain American sub-cultures.
- As a direct result, many men now choose to skip fatherhood altogether, either by not marrying, not having kids or not parenting their kids.
- As a direct result of that, over half of the American children born today will live some or most of their lives as minors without their fathers.
- As a direct result of that, America is quickly becoming a two tier society, with over 1/3 of our children consigned to almost 3rd world status in terms of mental and physical health, academic attainment, and income.
The Social Decline of Strong Parenting :
Less than 20% of American households are now made up of biological parents and their children, down from 52% in 1960.
- 41% of US births in 2010 were out of wedlock (In 1940 that number was 3.8%).
- The percentage of children born to unmarried moms has more than doubled for each major racial group since 1960. Over 70% of African American kids will be born out of wedlock this year.
- Children born out of wedlock in the US are two to three times more likely:
- To be convicted of a felony
- To suffer from severe emotional illness
- To have children out of wedlock
- To fail to graduate from High School
- To ever hold down a long-term job
- To live in poverty
- To die a violent death
- To be functionally illiterate
- The list goes on and on…