Father’s Day Podcast: Why Dads Are So Important

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This Father’s Day, take a moment to stop and consider why dads play such an important role in ensuring a children’s well-being and, subsequently, the stability of society.

In a new Heritage in Focus, Heritage fellow Ryan Messmore discusses the importance of fathers to strong families and a healthy civil society. Listen to the full podcast, here.

For instance, children and teens who experience a good relationship with their fathers are at a decreased risk of suffering from loneliness and emotional anxiety. Likewise, adolescents who are close to their dads are less likely to exhibit anti-social behavior, use illicit drugs, or engage in sexual activity. Even if dad isn’t the greatest at dividing fractions or diagramming sentences, a father’s involvement in his child’s life can also positively impact the student’s academic achievement. (more…)