The Bleak Statistics About Children Raised in Father-Absent Homes

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Children need their dads. They play such a big part in a happy childhood, from important developmental milestones to their success in the future. Here’s some info all about dads, from the detrimental effects of a missing father to how active dads benefit kids and can spend quality time with them.

The Statistics About Dads

Since 1960, the amount of homes where kids grow up without their biological dads present has been steadily going up. Father absences have affected a huge proportion of American children—nearly a quarter of them, in fact.

Unfortunately, more Black children are affected by this phenomenon with more living in a home with one parent than other racial and ethnic groups. Living without a dad often has long-term effects on kids and their well-being.

Negative Effects of Missing Fathers

Kids living without a dad are susceptible to lots of negative outcomes. They are more likely to drop out of high school, more likely to get involved with substance abuse at a young age, and more likely to engage in criminal activity.

Personally, they experience more behavioral problems both at school and at home, they have higher rates of mental health issues, and they often have lower self-esteem and control over their emotions.

Benefits of Involved Fathers

So how do kids with involved dads benefit in comparison? First of all, they learn more about their emotions and show better social skills. They have healthier relationships with others and are more empathetic, in addition to many other proven benefits.

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How can dads nurture their bonds with their kids? They can go on outdoor adventures together, have game nights, read with their kids, and cook and bake together. They can also play sports or volunteer in their community. Almost any way dads interact with their kids is beneficial.