by Lisa Doublestein
Michigan Country Lines
Without dads, our kids are only getting half of the story.
....One study found that children who were securely attached to their fathers were better problem solvers than children who were not attached to their dads. In a study of preschoolers, children whose fathers were responsible for at least 40 percent of childcare tasks had higher cognitive development scores and a greater sense of mastery of their environments than children whose fathers were less involved.
On the flip side, children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to have educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of abuse and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with both parents. And in the U.S., one out of every three kids lives apart from their biological father.
It’s costing everyone a pretty penny, too. The federal government spent at least $99.8 billion on programs like child support enforcement and anti-poverty efforts to father-absent homes in 2006. FULL STORY