Fathers play such an important role in families and their level of involvement will affect their children greatly. We live in a culture today that discounts the importance of fathers as unnecessary and makes us believe that fathers don’t need to be involved with their children. It has also become increasingly popular for women to believe that they don’t need a man in their lives to be successful but that is very false. Men and fathers play such an important role in many different aspects of the family.
Research shows that fathers greatly determine the moral and spiritual development of children. There have been studies conducted on this by the Swiss Government who says that “it is the religious practice of the father of the family that, above all, determines the future church attendance of the children.” The study shows that if the Mother attends church regularly but the Father doesn’t attend church at all that 2% of children will end up attending church regularly while on the other hand, if the father attends church regularly but the mother does not, 44% of the children will end up attending church regularly. This study goes to show how much of a spiritual impact fathers have on their children.
Another key factor that fathers bring to a family is structure and security. Fathers have an instinct of being the provider which helps keep the family out of the clutches of poverty. Having this stability helps the child to feel very secure and less stressed in their home. Single-mother homes are more likely to experience poverty than homes with both a father and mother. This is very important because children who have to experience poverty also have to deal with much more than just being in poverty, they experience health problems, have a lower education and less of a chance of succeeding in life, commit higher rates of crime and have more mental.
This research goes to show that fathers have such a big affect on the family and play a huge role in both the wife's life and the children's life.