The Importance of a Father
American men are untroubled by lack of traditional commitment.
A Pew Research Center study shows that about half of American men under 45 have fathered at least one child out of wedlock. Among men age 20 to 25, three-quarters have fathered a child out of wedlock.
Men generally don’t stick around to raise their children. They don’t have to.
Uncle Sam and family court judges have become surrogate baby daddies for millions of young American women.
But how will the paucity of traditional fathers affect America?
Imagine a city.
It was once prosperous, with a thriving middle class. Its families had men who loved their children enough to marry. They protected their little ones and gave them stability in a world that has little.
Because of this, most kids made it into the middle class, too. But then the men and women of the city embraced the evolved cultural standard of the fatherless family.
Within a few years, the majority of fathers vanish. Only a handful of children — one in three — have a dad at home.
Most kids are raised by single mothers or grandmothers, or are bounced from one foster home to another. It’s not that the “traditional” family broke down in this city.
For most children, it never existed