Men are increasingly disparaged in our culture, in sitcoms, in court, and even in their homes. The proliferation of single-parent families, primarily headed by women, leaves boys without a dad in the home. This ongoing trend is nothing new; in fact, the effects of the trend are now easily identified in the lives of boys who are becoming men. In general, children from fatherless homes have an exponentially higher rate of suicide, behavioral disorders, dropout rate, and criminal behavior. More than forty percent of children do not live with their fathers and this does not bode well, especially for boys. Conversely, having a father in the picture, especially an involved one, is good for kids: they tend to be smarter, have better psychological health, do better in school, and get better jobs. Dr. Scott Johnson says we have adopted a 'sitcom mentality.' In his book, A Father to for Our Father: The Foundation for a Flourishing Family, Johnson explains that we expect instant results, believing everything can be fixed in thirty minutes. He says, 'Few are fighting to keep it together anymore. If a husband or wife hit a hard spot in their marriage, then they simply replace partners.' Johnson explains how it has become easier for us to escape from our relationships rather than fight to solidify them and endure the trial of reconciliation. The big losers in the narcissistic spiral toward relationship failure are children. Few boys without fathers in the home have any idea what it means to persevere through hardship, treat women with respect, or develop an attitude of tenacity that will carry them in work, relationships, and sports. 'We must establish accountability and hold ourselves to a higher standard,' says Johnson.'The government is not going to do it. The schools can't do it. And the church hasn't done it yet. If it does not start with you, then it will end with your children.' He encourages fathers to step up and see their roles within the family or with their children as a pathway to wholeness. 'Your home will be either a kingdom of order or a kingdom of chaos,' he explains and 'Any problem within a home is a family problem.' While Johnson sees the challenges, he is also an encourager. 'Positive change,' he says, 'always takes work but the results are contagious.'
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|Date published: || 2014|
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