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Fathers Matter: WATCH “The Importance of Fathers”

Posted By Mary Frances Boyle On June 15, 2011 @ 12:30 pm In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled

Father’s Day may have a commercial pretense to it, but that doesn’t change the fact that many Americans will take June 19th as a serious occasion to express deep gratitude to fathers. As this Heritage FamilyFacts.org [1] video shows, fatherhood is well worth the recognition. Dads help hold American families, and ultimately, civil society together.

“The Importance of Fathers” [2] makes it clear that fathers are more than just breadwinners [3] for their families. They’re especially significant in the lives of their children.

Fathers who stay in touch with their sons and daughters make a huge impact [4] on their overall well-being. For example, as research from FamilyFacts.org demonstrates, those children who have better relationships with their fathers perform better academically [5].

Strong father-son relationships also decrease the likelihood [6] of future substance abuse and a strong paternal bond can prevent young men [7] from anti-social and delinquent behavior. The video highlights the importance of father-daughter relationships as well. Fathers can help prevent their daughters [3] from developing depression, and a strong father-daughter relationship can also decrease the likelihood [8] of teen sexual activity and pregnancy.

Research shows that children benefit from being raised in intact families [4], and specifically, from having a strong paternal figure in their lives. In a culture that seems to have lost some of its appreciation [9] for the benefits of marriage and parentage [10], it is important to celebrate the significance of fatherhood and its impact on American society. Father’s Day may just be another “Hallmark Holiday,” but strong fathers make it a holiday worth celebrating.

Mary Frances Boyle a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm [11]

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URLs in this post:

[1] FamilyFacts.org: http://www.familyfacts.org/

[2] “The Importance of Fathers”: http://www.familyfacts.org/videos/1/the-importance-of-fathers

[3] more than just breadwinners: http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/13/beyond-breadwinner-how-fathers-make-a-difference-in-their-childrens-life-prospects

[4] huge impact: http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/34/family-and-adolescent-well-being

[5] perform better academically: http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/16/strengthening-childrens-success-in-school

[6] decrease the likelihood: http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/40/parental-involvement-and-childrens-well-being

[7] prevent young men: http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/25/why-fathers-matter

[8] decrease the likelihood: http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/27/the-parental-factor-in-teen-sex-outcomes

[9] lost some of its appreciation: http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/9/cohabitation-vs-marriage-how-loves-choices-shape-life-outcomes

[10] benefits of marriage and parentage: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/01/Marriage-Parentage-and-the-Constitution-of-the-Family?query=Marriage+Parentage+and+the+Constitution+of+the+Family

[11] http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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