If fathers want their children to succeed, their presence in the family is a must.
The idea of disposable relationships among mother and father, especially among those unmarried, is growing more common in our society and has become one of the most pressing detriments to children. Children often grow up without the presence of their fathers as a result.
Frank Young from the Centre for Social Justice told the Christian Institute that the research shows the importance of a father in a household.
"But in the poorest households in particular," he adds, "in the emotional health of young children, and in their educational attainment.”
Young referenced a statistic released last year by the University of Edinburgh which strongly supports the concept that fathers are crucial pillars for children rather than nonessential options
“In the poorest households, where fathers take an active and positive interest in the upbringing of their children," says Young, "those children are 25 percent more likely to escape poverty in later life.”
Regardless of the economic status of the family, children with active fathers have higher self-esteem and are able to establish and maintain longer and happier relationships when they become adults.
The CSJ concludes that a societal shift is in order, so that fathers and mothers understand the distinction and strive to stay together while maintaining quality relationships – for the sake of the children.