In 2010 one out of three children were growing up without their father, representing an all-time high. Are fathers today spending enough time with their kids?
Roland Warren of the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) sat down with CNN to discuss the issue of absent fathers in today’s society. He connects the lack of a fatherly presence to a number of social issue statics for young adults such as crime, low academic performance, and poverty. While he explains that public awareness of the problem is important the real deciding factor comes down to fathers making the decision to spend time with their kids.
The National Fatherhood Initiative is not the only one talking about this key issue for today’s youth. The Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services talks about the importance of a father’s presence to a child’s development as well. They reference the NFI with an appendix of ten tips to becoming a better father with specific emphasis on time together. How a father spends his time tells his children what’s important to him. Treasuring your children often means sacrificing other things, but kids grow up quickly. Missed opportunities are lost forever! Also making the top-ten list were other ways to be involved such as eating dinner with your children or reading to them. See the full list here.
The National Fatherhood Initiative offers a number of other resources to enhance a man’s skills to become an active father. These include work family balance, father-child activities, and tips for being a great father.
Jeffrey Feulner and the Men’s Divorce Law Firm agree that an active fatherly presence is central to the development and growth of a healthy and happy child. It is our goal to assist men in becoming happier and more stable fathers for their children. Contact us today to learn more about how our services help fathers.