Today, dads are often told that they are replaceable. The concept of family itself is morphing. Fatherhood is an archaic and disposable concept in today’s modern and evolving family.
Many men feel pushed to the side, ostracized, and unvalued in society or their families.
Uncertainty surrounding fatherhood can be understandable. Dads often fail to step up; they can be anything from absent to domineering. Maybe you feel like you want nothing to do with your father. It can be hard to imagine being a good father if you have a difficult relationship with your dad.
But fathers are critical.
The truth is, from a very young age, children desperately need their fathers. The statistical evidence supporting the need for strong fathers is overwhelming. Children growing up in fatherless homes are much more likely to suffer from perceived abandonment, attachment issues, child abuse, childhood obesity, criminal activity, gang involvement, mental health issues, poor school performance, poverty, homelessness, substance use, and many more problems. 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
Yet, the absence of fathers in American households has spiked and reached alarming levels. Approximately 18.3 million children live without a father in the home, comprising about 1 in 4 children in the US.
We Need Fathers!
Meanwhile, many men today are feeling purposeless. When men feel unnecessary, it can create an empty blank.
While not every man is meant to be a father, we must recover the concept of fatherhood in our culture. Why? God is our father, and God meant men to emulate this—to nurture, provide for, and protect–giving men a purpose, a calling, and a critical mission.
Many men today are recognizing the truth of this. For example, people consider children a financial drain, but statistically, married men with children earn more money than single men. Their life takes on a rich sense of purpose and fulfillment when they have goals to sacrifice and fight for.
Are you intimidated by the thought of stepping into the role of fatherhood? Do you feel like you have nothing to offer a child?
At Choices, we want to recognize, honor, and help support fathers.
Introducing “Pro Dad” Groups Hosted by Choices!
This campaign includes a series of classes, including the following lessons:
- Dr. Dad: This intuitive group of lessons prepares you with baby skills and confidence to provide pregnancy support to the mother of your baby.
- Dad 101: You’ll learn simple, easy-to-follow, yet very important lessons that you need so you can be a pro dad!
- Life Skills: Life can be hard, and sometimes our own choices make it harder (or easier!). These lessons cover employment, finances, and much more – with practical advice to help you succeed!
- Positive Partnerships: Being married takes work; living together without marriage brings even more challenges. Positive Partnerships work through the nuances of a relationship and points to healthy marriages.
- Love Lessons: A healthy intimate relationship is rewarding as a married couple. Love Lessons build a foundation of respect and love for one another.
Pro Dad classes will cover the following topics:
The Well Child
The Safe Child
Being a Role Model
Finding a Job
Success at Work
Making the Marriage Choice
Sex is Awesome!
And many more!
How Can You Support this Ministry?
Help us rekindle fatherhood in this nation! A mountain of evidence suggests that when fathers stick around and invest in their families, children will grow up with a healthy start in life.