"Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad." - Anne Geddes
My dad is 81 now and I'm so grateful for his presence and positive influence in my life and in the lives of my children. He called me the other day just to check-in and while our conversation was brief, it left a major impression on me, mostly causing me to pause and thank God for the gift of my dad.
While our society tends to treat fathers as unnecessary, it's apparent that a father's presence is critical to raising healthy, confident children. In fact, research indicates that fathers make all the difference in the world in their children's lives.
Fathers' involvement in their children's lives contributes to a variety of positive outcomes for children and youth, including higher academic performance and a decreased likelihood of anti-social behavior, early sexual activity, teen pregnancy, and substance abuse.
All this month, the daily "Family Facts" program focuses on fatherhood, sharing helpful information about their critical role in our culture, one that goes far beyond that of breadwinner.
It's important that we honor and support fathers and fatherhood in our homes, churches, law, and culture. This Father's Day, be sure to take a moment and encourage that special man in your life.
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