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Success: Dad and Mom - the defference they make to a child

The Difference a good Dad (Father) makes can never be truly measured - but it has been proven to be incalculable and of great importance to the success of our children.

"If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings."
~ Brian Tracy

Some of the things that concern me most are the depictions of Dads being dumb, ignorant, and just plain stupid. You see it in sitcoms, commercials, movies and most anywhere you look. It may be part of the feminist movement or it may be a fad but in essence it’s a dangerous thing, in my opinion, to try to teach our children that one of the two (Mom and Dad) most important ingredients necessary in the formation of a child can be cast off, undermined or diminished.

I grew up without a father, trust me, I know a child can survive without a father – but should a child be forced to endure such hardship? Because I can, should we allow it?

Hundreds if not hundreds of thousands of people believe in their heart that they were meant for greatness, a higher purpose in life and they want to achieve this purpose, this calling. What many fail to see is that being a Mother, a Father is the greatest calling any individual can undertake. You as a parent control the destiny of a life, a human child – your child. What greater purposes, what higher calling than that, can one have?

It may not be easy, you may have to sacrifice more than others or sacrifice more than you should – but your children, the small frail lives you brought into this harsh world need you. Success is not measured in dollars and cents. It cannot be gauged by how many toys and trinkets we possess – but it can be measured by the lives we touch, inspire and love. Who greater to be a recipient of such honors than that precious baby you hold in your hand.

Do you want to change the world?

Then start in your own home.

"Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children."
~ Bill Cosby

The Difference Dads Make
Family scholars from sociologist Sara McLanahan to psychologist Ross Parke have long observed that fathers typically play an important role in advancing the welfare of their children. Focusing on the impact of family structure, McLanahan has found that, compared to children from single-parent homes, children who live with both their mother and father have significantly lower rates of nonmarital childbearing and incarceration and higher rates of high school and college graduation. Examining the extent and style of paternal involvement, Parke notes, for instance, that engaged fathers play an important role in "helping sons and daughters achieve independent and distinct identities" and that this independence often translates into educational and occupational success.

Likewise, a US Department of Education study found that among children living with both biological parents, those with highly involved fathers were 42 percent more likely to earn As and 33 percent less likely to be held back a year in school than children whose dads had low levels of involvement.5 But little research has examined the association between paternal involvement per se and college graduation.
* excerpt from "Dad and the Diploma: The Difference Fathers Make for College Graduation"

Source: Dad and the Diploma: The Difference Fathers Make for College Graduation By W. Bradford Wilcox

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