Why International Men’s Day Matters

The month of November is Men’s Health Awareness month and today we celebrate International Men’s Day. If you haven’t heard of this celebratory day I am not surprised. Unfortunately, the nature of the existing support system for men is dismal at best and highly feminine-centric. While this is good for women who traditionally have been the most vulnerable it is now causing a severe burden on men and their children and has become detrimental to society as a whole. Take the statistics in the following chart as an example of the current crisis.

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I have set out on a mission to consolidate and refine the resources available to fathers and their children as well as provide an experience of support and encouragement that speaks directly to their masculine nature. I recognize that not all men are the same but the majority of us share the same or similar masculine traits and tendencies. Today, I would like to highlight and celebrate men and in particular fathers.

The fact of the matter is that you as a father have the greatest influence on your children. I’ll say that again so that you can take it in and take it to heart.

YOU AS A FATHER HAVE THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR CHILDREN

This statement is supported by research!

Here are the results from just some of that research:

  • 82% of studies on father involvement and child well-being published since 1980 found “significant associations between positive father involvement and offspring well-being…” Paul R. Amato and Fernando Rivera, “Paternal Involvement and Children’s Behavior Problems,” Journal of Marriage and the Family 61 (1999): 375–384.

source: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/family-qa/the-significance-of-a-fathers-influence/

I’m confident that most reading this were not aware of these research findings. Unfortunately, fathers have failed to be recognized as an important component of child-rearing or the most significant factor that determines the health and well-being of their children.

Here are some more important and eye-opening findings of fathers and children:

  • There are an estimated 72.2 million fathers in the United States

Source: https://parentspluskids.com/blog/fatherhood-statistics-trends-and-analysis

So today I’d like to ask each of you to take just one moment to reflect upon the positive males that have influenced your lives. Then tell the man in your life, brother, husband, boyfriend, father, or other how much you appreciate that he is a man and that he is in your life. Trust me, just hearing it will make a significant impact. Happy International Men’s Day!

Jude helps dads navigate through their divorce and create an amazing life for themselves and their children. www.TheDivorcedDadvocate.com

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