In the past several decades, the United States has become the world’s leader in having fatherless families. When did this epidemic begin, and what is the impact on our children?
Not surprisingly, the rise of father-absence can be traced 50 years back, right on the brink of the Baby Boomers. In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, looked into the problems of under-class America. The Moynihan Report issued this solemn warning:
"From the wild Irish slums of the 19th century eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: A community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any rational expectations about the future that community asks for and gets chaos."
Of course, the feminists reviled the report as promoting the "hetero-patriarchal" agenda, taking personal offense rather than seeing the reality of the situation.
It is no surprise to find out that children who grow up without a father have significantly more problems compared to children who grow up in a stable home with a mom and dad.
With rising numbers of divorce rates and of out-of-wedlock births in the United States, over half of all children are growing up without the bio-logical father in the home.
Children who grow up without fathers are more likely to: Have Psychological Problems, Commit Suicide, Abuse Alcohol & Other Drugs, Become Sexually Active at an Early Age, Be Involved in Crime, Go to Prison, Five Times More Likely to Live in Poverty, Twice as Likely to Drop Out of School, and More Likely to Be Uninvolved With Their Own Children When They Become Fathers!
In addition to growing up without a father in the home, chances are pretty good that children will also grow up without their mother in the home. When fathers are absent from their role as a provider, it forces the mothers to abandon their role and be away from home in-order to provide for the family. Since she has to work, someone must replace her position as caregiver, systematically forcing her children down the chain into the hands of a daycare provider. Along with the disadvantage of not having a father figure, children also lose the security of being home with mom, consequently warping the child’s self-worth even further.
Of course there are those poor unfortunately souls who have unmarried mothers that intentionally have children anyway, thereby placing them into daycare institutions. Either way, the child is left feeing abandoned, lonely and confused.
But fathers are more than just income producers. Fathers provide the very order and structure of the family and society. They demonstrate leadership and authority, discipline and direction. Fathers offer protection and guidance to their children, but most importantly, a father’s role is to portray a picture of who God the Father is! If children grow up with a distorted view of their earthly father, they will certainly grow up with a distorted view of their Heavenly Father.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” - Ephesians 6:4
- 2002 Study => Experiments in Living: The Fatherless Family