Year after year people resolve to do things that they don't have the will to do.
Almost all of us try to start the year off right with the intention of doing things that in our hearts we know are not going to get done. For many this includes getting rid of a few pounds or quitting a habit that we may have. While these resolutions have great intentions for you, they rarely ever get done.
I have resolution for all fathers. I resolve that all true fathers take the time out this year to extend their love to the fatherless generation that is being raised in this country today. Reach beyond your own kids and make a difference in the lives of other children.
We have all been informed that it takes a village to raise a child, but how many of us live by that saying? We have an epidemic on our hands and not enough of us are taking the right steps to stop it. Too many dads are abandoning their responsibilities, leaving mothers high and dry with all the responsibility of raising children. We can point fingers and blame these dads for their shortcomings, but it doesn't help. Instead, we can come together as a fraternity of men and be the role model that these children need. All over the country there is a need for more little league coaches, boy scout leaders, male teachers, church and community participants, and the list goes on.... It doesn't take a super hero to help out and be the positive role model that kids need. Some of them have not seen a male in that light and our society has suffered.
Here's some statistics:
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times the average.
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
- 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Center for Disease Control)
- 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report)
Mothers are trying their best to raise children on the own and in most cases they are doing an excellent job considering the circumstances. These women don't throw in the towel because it's tough, they keep fighting. It is time that they have someone in their corner. We need to be the father figures for the thousands of children who don't have someone to show them what a real man should be. Men should stand up and be the male role models for the next generation.
So what are we going to do?