I found an article in my files that contained some interesting quotes and stats about dads:
"Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow." – Reed Marhkham
"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." – Mark Twain
A father's presence is crucial. Here are some stats that support this idea:
- EDUCATION: Fathers who are involved on a personal level with their child's schooling increase the likelihood of their child's achievement. When fathers assume a positive role in their child's education, students feel a positive impact.
– Source: Applied Development Psychology 25 (2005): 201-216.
- HEALTH: Almost 9 of 10 adolescents ages 15-17 living with their biological married parents reported to be in excellent or very good health, compared to less than 8 of 10 of those living with a single parent.
– Source: America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being. Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office: 70.
- HEALTH: A study of 3,400 middle-schoolers indicated that not living with both biological parents quadruples the risk of having an affective disorder (mood disorder).
– Source: "Family Psychosocial Risk Factors in a Longitudinal Epidemiological Study of Adolescents." Journal of American Academic Child Adolescent Psychiatry 44: 121-129.
- POVERTY: Children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor. In 2002, 7.8 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 38.4 percent of children in femaile-householder families.
– Source: US Census Bureau, Children's Living Arrangements and Characteristics. p. 200-547, Table C8.
- SEXUAL ACTIVITY: Teens without fathers were twice as likely to be involved in early sexual acitivty and seven times more likely to get pregnant as an adolescent.
– Source: "Does Father Absence Place Daughters at Special Risk for Early Sexual Activity and Teenage Pregnancy." Child Development 74: 801-821.
- Or in summary: An analysis of 100 studies on parent-child relationships showed that having a loving and nurturing father was as important for a child's happiness, well-being, and social and academic success as having a loving and nurturing mother. Some studies even indicated that a father's love was the sole significant predictor for certain outcomes, such as psychological adjustment problems, conduct problems, and substance abuse. – Source: "The Importance of Father Love: History and Contemporary Evidence." Review of General Psychology 5.4: 382-405.