Years of research document the power of dads and positive engagement.
While some single-parent families succeed, a far greater number face challenges that are difficult to overcome.
- 40% of S.C. households are headed by single mothers.
- 25% of S.C. children live in poverty.
- 71% of teens who experience early parenthood/teen pregnancy come from father-absent homes.
The Fatherhood Factor
Because fathers have a different parenting style, they bring another perspective to the family and help children develop more fully, too.
- Children are more likely to succeed because they feel confident and loved.
- Mothers gain critical help with parenting and meeting financial needs.
- The father’s extended family is more likely to be engaged, providing even more support for children and parents.
Studies show that when dads are engaged, their parenting makes a difference.
- More independence and exploration that gives children greater confidence
- Discipline that stresses fairness, duty and consequences
- An expanded vocabulary and better communication skills
- A positive role model for boys and girls, showing how men should conduct themselves and how men should respect women