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Father's Day Podcast: Why Dads Are So Important

Posted By Sarah Torre On June 18, 2011 @ 1:36 pm In Culture | Comments Disabled

This Father’s Day, take a moment to stop and consider why dads play such an important role in ensuring a children’s well-being and, subsequently, the stability of society.

In a new Heritage in Focus [1], Heritage fellow Ryan Messmore discusses the importance of fathers to strong families and a healthy civil society. Listen to the full podcast, here [1].

For instance, children and teens who experience a good relationship with their fathers are at a decreased risk of suffering from loneliness and emotional anxiety [2]. Likewise, adolescents who are close to their dads are less likely to exhibit anti-social behavior, use illicit drugs [3], or engage in sexual activity [4]. Even if dad isn’t the greatest at dividing fractions or diagramming sentences, a father’s involvement in his child’s life can also positively impact the student’s academic achievement [3].

Married fathers especially can have life-long influences [5] on their children. The economic benefits of having a dad in the house can be profound [6] as parents choosing to tie the knot can decrease a child’s risk of living in poverty by about 80 percent [7].

As Americans reflect on the importance of dad this Father’s Day, individuals and policymakers should recognize the necessary role fathers play in raising the next generation of citizens and safeguarding a strong civil society. National leaders should seek ways to promote the importance of marriage [8] so that more children can grow up in a stable household and experience the unique benefits of a married mother and father.

Listen to Heritage fellow (and father of three) Ryan Messmore discuss the essential role of fathers, here [1].

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To listen to more Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our podcast page [11].

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[1] Heritage in Focus: http://www.heritage.org/Multimedia/Audio/2011/06/Messmore-Podcast-6-17-11

[2] decreased risk of suffering from loneliness and emotional anxiety: http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/40/parental-involvement-and-childrens-well-being?utm_source=strategicmktg&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=culturewatch

[3] exhibit anti-social behavior, use illicit drugs: http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/25/why-fathers-matter?utm_source=strategicmktg&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=culturewatch

[4] engage in sexual activity: http://www.familyfacts.org/charts/260/teens-in-intact-families-are-less-likely-to-have-engaged-in-recent-sexual-activity?utm_source=strategicmktg&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=culturewatch

[5] life-long influences: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/06/Married-Fathers-Americas-Greatest-Weapon-Against-Child-Poverty

[6] can be profound: http://www.foundry.org/2011/06/17/morning-bell-fathers-day-and-the-importance-of-marriage/

[7] decrease a child’s risk of living in poverty by about 80 percent: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Projects/Marriage-Poverty/Marriage-and-Poverty-in-the-US?utm_source=strategicmktg&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=culturewatch

[8] promote the importance of marriage: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/06/A-Marshall-Plan-for-Marriage-Rebuilding-Our-Shattered-Homes?utm_source=strategicmktg&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=culturewatch

[9] visit our RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/AudioPodcasts-TheHeritageFoundation

[10] subscribe on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/audio-podcasts-the-heritage/id377031033?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

[11] visit our podcast page: http://www.heritage.org/Multimedia/Audio

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