Posted by: coachingparents | May 1, 2009

What Is Your Importance as A Father?

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a four-term U.S. Senator, passed away a few years ago. But his view on the necessity of fathers lives on. He said: “From the wild Irish slums of the 19th century Eastern seaboard to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future – that community asks for and gets chaos.”

In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau show the importance of fathers in its statistics on children who grow up in homes without a father. These children are:

-5 times more likely to commit suicide
-32 times more likely to run away
-20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders
-14 times more likely to commit rape
-9 times more likely to drop out of school
-10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances
-9 times more likely to end up in a state operated institution
-20 times more likely to end up in prison

Please don’t doubt your importance to your children – they need you more than you may know.


Mark Brandenburg

Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC


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