Are Our Fathers Falling Short?

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On the most recent ShaperSpeaks Episode this past week I ask the very serious question…Are Our Fathers Falling Short? Most people will say that depends on who you ask. I can agree with that on some level.  Numbers however show that there is a definite problem somewhere in  family structure and we all can see it. “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America — one out of three — live in biological father-absent homes.” Of course no one can talk about an issue without telling the whole truth. And truthfully every family structure isn’t the same and no family is perfect. Honestly there are many students that go on to have happy and productive lives without a biological father living in their home.  In fact according to a child development study done on “nonresident father involvement and adolescent delinquency”…”low-income minority adolescents aged 10-14 years found that higher social encounters and frequent communication with nonresident biological fathers decreased adolescent delinquency.”

Those of you out there that know me, also know that yes…I am a guy (lol) so it’s not really in me to male bash.  My father for example was a phenomenal role model not only for me as a male but also my sister as well. Fatherlessness however is a problem and has been found to be linked to things like poverty, quality education, self-esteem, and even incarceration.  The facts are the facts, and I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t open the door to discuss them.  Thats exactly what I did on my show this past Sunday with special guest Carlos Braxton. From talking as young husbands how to have a good relationship with your spouse, to resources to help men be great fathers me and my guest analyzed it all.  In fact on March 16th at 8:30 A.M  the New Hanover County Partnership for Fatherhood will be having its 7th Annual Conference at First Baptist Activity Center. Click the link below to follow the conference blog. Also, keep checking shaperspeaks.com to listen to the entire radio interview discussing fatherhood with me and Carlos Braxton, airing this Friday night at 8:00 on here on ShaperSpeaks!

http://partnershipforfatherhood.blogspot.com/

The Facts Courtesy of the National Fatherhood Initiative

Incarceration

“Even after controlling for income, youths in father-absent households still had significantly higher odds of incarceration than those in mother-father families. Youths who never had a father in the household experienced the highest odds.”

Source: Harper, Cynthia C. and Sara S. McLanahan. “Father Absence and Youth Incarceration.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 14 (September 2004): 369-397.

Education

“Father involvement in schools is associated with the higher likelihood of a student getting mostly A’s. This was true for fathers in biological parent families, for stepfathers, and for fathers heading single-parent families.”

Source: Nord, Christine Winquist, and Jerry West. Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in Their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status. (NCES 2001-032). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2001.

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