My favorite day of the year is Father’s Day!  At the Dodd house, we make it a true celebration of all things testosterone!  I can’t wait for this weekend!

While we may be having a great time this Sunday, I realize there is much dysfunction in our world.  For many households, Father’s Day brings heartache stemming from abandonment and broken relationships.  Fathers, if you are thinking of leaving your family in the near future, I want to make you of aware of information recently provided by  Reading this post could help prevent you from making critical mistakes that would be felt for generations:

  1. The median family income of single men is three-fifths of the median married-family income; for single women, it’s two-fifths. Even among single-income married families, the median family income is still higher than that of unmarried individuals.
  2. The median asset value held by married-couple households is about five times greater than that of households headed by unmarried men as well as those headed by unmarried women.
  3. Fathers’ religiosity is linked to higher quality of parent-child relationships.
  4. Fathers who regularly attend religious services are more likely to be engaged in one-on-one activities with their children.
  5. Civically active fathers are more likely to participate in youth-related activities.
  6. Fathers’ engagement in their children’s activities was linked to higher academic performance.
  7. Among adolescent boys, those who receive more parenting from their fathers are less likely to exhibit anti-social and delinquent behaviors.
  8. Among adolescent girls, those who have a strong relationship with their fathers are less likely to report experiencing depression.
  9. Close father-adolescent bonds protect against the negative influence of peer drug use.
  10. Adolescent girls who have a close relationship with their fathers are more likely to delay sexual activity.
  11. Adolescent girls whose fathers were present during their childhood are less likely to become pregnant.
  12. Adolescent males who report a close relationship with their fathers are more likely to anticipate having a stable marriage in the future.
  13. Parents choosing to tie the knot can decrease a child’s risk of living in poverty by about 80 percent.

Men and women, I want to hear from you.  What are your thoughts of these 13 benefits?  Do you believe they are true?  If so, how do they impact your behavior?

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