Why everyone is asking if fathers matter

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  • MtnDewed Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2014 1:06 p.m.

    I never understood why my dad was gone so much. We had 9 children which caused him to work 2 jobs while my mom stayed home. By the time he came home from work, he then had his church calling to fulfill. I rarely saw him, except on some Saturdays and vacations.

    My mom raised all of us. He was only there for the big things.

    Is that how it is supposed to be?

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    June 4, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    As I earned my education degree I subbed in a 1st grade class. All teachers in the grade were female and at the end of the day all came up to me to express surprise at watching me that day and how I interacted with one little boy who hung off me the whole day. It made them question what was going on at home and gave them greater insight into the overall health of they boy. Having both a father and a mother in the home, caring for and loving each child, is a priceless asset to the child.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    June 4, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    The statistics on church going were quite conclusive, and definitive. Taken as a snapshot, it MIGHT indicate that religion is often viewed as a weak thing and something emotional. When a mother does it -- the gentler sex -- it might be viewed as expected or is a lofty aspiration that we'll get around to someday. Men are viewed as the tough guys by many and so when they go to church and act religious, kids just might take it as something that they'd better do and is okay to do and still be a man. I know in Australia that was certainly how religion and church attendance were viewed. Just a guess on how it might apply here.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    June 4, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    Sometimes, I just shake my head when I read statistics in these articles and comments. For example, we read above that a child is 17% likely to go to church when attending with only a Mom, but 55% if brought by Dad only. Could that be that the mothers are more likely to attend church infrequently due to work requirements?

    The article stated that father's presence leads to a healthier baby. Certainly, mother and baby will do better with someone making sure both get nourishment and health care.

    I don't doubt that fathers are essential to the well being of a family, but these studies fall short in proving it.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    June 4, 2014 10:36 a.m.

    For 30+ years I've been a school teacher and can say that when both parents are involved solutions to a child's problem are much easier to find and implement. Yes I had some great one parent kids but two involved parents made teaching and parenting the best situation for learning.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    June 4, 2014 10:33 a.m.

    Fathers matter.

  • Seldom Seen Smith Orcutt, CA
    June 4, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    Didn't you get the pop culture politically correct memo; There's no meaningful difference between a mother and father, a husband and a wife, a brother and sister, a man or a woman.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    June 4, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    A Gallup survey showed that if a child was taken to church by both parents, 78% still attend church.
    If a child is taken to church by the mother ONLY, 17% still attend church.
    If a child is dropped off by parents, 6% still attend church.
    If a child is taken to church by the FATHER, 55% still attend church.

    Bottom line: What matters MOST is that EVERY child deserves to be raised by a Father and a Mother. That should be our national cultural focus for a better future society.

  • Kindred Mesa, AZ
    June 4, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    Current technology is a very long way from being able to do away with the contribution of a father, at least from a genetic standpoint. Genes from the father are different than genes from the mother in ways we do not understand yet. Both are necessary for a healthy genome in humans. The only alternative currently possible is cloning, and even this has significant problems. It would not be a viable option over generations and there are some serious bugs to work out before it could be done with humans at all.

    My own personal opinion is that fathers are critical to a healthy society, just as mothers are.