Yesterday I sat my 7 year old daughter on my lap and together we listened to this song. As the chorus rang out, I whispered the words into her ear. I wanted her to know that she is “Beautiful. She is sacred. She is treasured. She is His”. Why you ask?
Children with involved Fathers are more confident, better able to deal with frustration, better able to gain independence and their own identity, more likely to mature into compassionate adults, more likely to have a high self esteem, more sociable, more secure as infants, less likely to show signs of depression, less likely to commit suicide, more empathetic, boys have been shown to be less aggressive and adolescent girls are less likely to engage in sex.
Daughters without a Father involved are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers, 711% more likely to have children as teenagers, 164% more likely to have a pre-marital birth and 92% more likely to get divorced themselves.
Researchers of Columbia University found that children living in households with a poor relationship with their father are 68% more likely to smoke, drink or use drugs.
Adolescent girls raised with involved Fathers are significantly less likely to be sexually active than girls raised without involved Fathers.
I will say that I know of several single moms that are doing an incredible job raising their children. This post isn’t to say that it cannot be done. I know some wonderful moms that are breaking the mold and proving the statistics wrong. I honor their dedication.
Dads – A minute or two out of your day to remind your child they are sacred, treasured, worth fighting for, important and valuable will go miles. Statistics prove that. It is our call. It is our responsibility. As it is often said..”If we don’t tell them they are beautiful, they will find someone that will”. God placed this child in your care. Treat them as you would any other gift. They’re beautiful…