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!
In his book ‘It’s Better to Build Boys than Mend Men’, Truett Cathy shares these very worrying statistics:
Children from fatherless homes are:
- 5 times more likely to commit suicide
- 32 times more likely to run away
- 20 times more likely to have behavioural disorders
- 14 times more likely to commit rape
- 9 times more likely to drop out of school
- 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances
- 9 times more likely to end up in a state-operated institution
- 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!