Last Sunday was a day to honor and appreciate fathers. Yet, many people seen it as just another “father-less” day. From the phrase; “half cup full or half cup empty”, many agree that 50% of fatherless families are empty homes.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 90% of homeless and runaway children, 71% of high school drop outs, 63% of youth suicides and 85% of youth serving in prison all have one common factor, they all grew up without a father.

Mothers also suffer without the man of the house. They are limited to quality time with their children due to being forced to provide. She can’t be there when she needs to be. Since father and mother aren’t around, who is to blame these youth for feeling isolated and forgotten. Sometimes, they’ll begin to create a wall between themselves and their family. Peter Benson from Search Institute stated, “Almost 20% of sixth- through twelfth-graders have not had a good conversation lasting for at least 10 minutes with either of their parents.”

Many agree that fathers are teachers and role models. Without them, youth are constantly searching for acceptance. These children are missing a giant part of their lives, an empty hole that fills up slowly with attention from anyone available to give it.

To those fathers who are committed to loving and supporting their kids, I hope you had a happy Father’s Day. Thank you for making an impact in the statistics.

Research shows that daily, an average father spends about 56 minutes with their children. Can you do better?