8 Reasons a Father is a Necessity

39 weeks ago my Wife and I got the amazing news, from a stick she’d peed on, that we were expecting out first child. We were over the moon to say the least! Admittedly I still went out to buy another test, just to make sure we weren’t being conned, but it was well worth the £9 I spent because it confirmed the first urine soaked test and meant we could really get excited!

I promptly got myself on Amazon to find material that would make me a ‘better Father’. It would be my first venture into fatherhood and so I wanted to be prepared! It took me almost 30 weeks of the pregnancy to even open one of the books, but I’m so glad I finally got round to it, and I can’t wait to finish them all!

Fatherhood Books
My Plethora of Books on Fatherhood

In his book ‘It’s Better to Build Boys than Mend Men’, Truett Cathy shares these very worrying statistics:

Children from fatherless homes are:

  1. 5 times more likely to commit suicide
  2. 32 times more likely to run away
  3. 20 times more likely to have behavioural disorders
  4. 14 times more likely to commit rape
  5. 9 times more likely to drop out of school
  6. 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances
  7. 9 times more likely to end up in a state-operated institution
  8. 20 times more likely to end up in prison

These stats are worrying, especially for a father-to-be, but at the same time they also play a big part in encouraging me to be the best father that I can be, to embrace fatherhood with all the fervour I can muster. At the same time it also encourages me to put just as much effort in to the relationship that I have with my wife, to show her greater love and support, in order that together we can bring our children up in an environment that breeds  positivity and nourishment; turning these 8 horrific statistics into 8 reasons for any father to put their all into Fatherhood.

Now all I need is the time to read the books!

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