There is an irony in America on every Father’s Day. The irony is that a majority of the population is growing into a fatherless society. More than one-third of our nation’s children are without parents and this number is growing by 2 million yearly.
Children are growing into adults without a father figure ever in their life and it seems to be replacing “father hood” with “fatherless” as an aspect of the american childhood.
I think that this fact is so disappointing for our nation that it has become something we usually don't talk about. People have turned a fatherless child into having a “single mother” causing the term “fatherless” irelevent because the woman can be the father and the mother for her child.
Yet male absence seems to cause the most consequences for children growing up in our era and is starting to become a family trend. “Never before has America had so many fatherless children” Elizabeth Stuart says from Deseret National News. The lack of a father's presence has affected them emotionally, physically, and educationally. Researchers with Elizabeth Stuart have found that children with fathers thrive in these categories. The sad truth is that fathers seem to be irreplaceable in our society but we’re being forced to adapt.
it has been found that fatherlessness is also often the root for a lot of social problems. Over 70 percent of juveniles and criminals claim to not have grown up with fathers and i found this very interesting. Will i grow up to become a criminal just because i dont have a father?
Girls without fathers are referred to as daddy issued and teen pregnancy often around the corner. A recent study has found that females that grow up without fathers compared to females who grew up with one are 100% more likely to have children as a teen and 164% likely to have it premarital. Sexual and domestic abuse are also found more common toward males and females without fathers than ones with them.
But all of these things are really just factors. While these factors are truly disturbing they all ignore the heart of the matter. Because not only is america’s children losing their fathers by the second but children are growing up never really knowing the definition of fatherhood itself. Therefor not only do we face a personal loss in our home but a cultural loss taking place in every home.
so if you find yourself crying on fathers day or not knowing what to do with yourself think of the people you do have in your life. Your mother, grandma, grandpa etc will never be your father but it doesn't mean they didn't try. We need to change this idea of “fathers day” into “people who raised me day” because pretty soon fathers will be instinct just like tigers. and modern day years will be known as “fatherless america” in our children’s history books.