The Father Factor

The Father Factor

Letters to Our Sons

The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972–58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official–that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. The importance of a Father Role in the Life of a Child There are more than 70 million fathers in the United States. Fathers are far more than just “second adults” in the home.

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Involved fathers-especially biological are far more than just “second adults” in the home. Fathers-bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring. They provide protection and economic support and male role models. They have a parenting style that is significantly different from that of a mother and that difference is important in healthy child development. Dr. David Popenoe, Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University



Children watch everything parents do so be careful what you are modeling.

Children with Fathers Are Less Likely to Live in Poverty

Children with Fathers Are Less Likely to Abuse Drugs and Alcohol.

Girls will look for men who hold the patterns of good old dad, if Dad was kind, loving, and gentle, they will reach for those characteristics in men.

Boys will model themselves after their fathers. They will look for their father’s approval in everything they do, and copy their behaviors.


Many of today’s dads say they spend at least as much time with their kids as their own parents spent with them, but most still feel that is not enough. In a 2012 Pew Research Center survey

“I congratulate all the men who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers or biological fathers. 

 Happy Father Day

Keep being present and making an impact. You are needed!