This Wall Street Journal article details the results of studies conducted on rodents analyzing the effects of a single-parent upbringing. While the results are not necessarily translatable to humans, there is certainly reason to think a fatherless home has significant cognitive consequences on a child.
Fatherless families became a significant point in the last election, though persuasive arguments for the good of a two-parent family have been around for a while. The good of fatherhood is not just a good for the family unit, though it is that. Fatherhood is a good for society, building and improving the structure that instills morals, provides education, and gives an example to our children. The example of a good father–the hardworking, caring, devoted family man–is not a cliche relegated to 1950s sitcoms. It is an attainable goal, if not a necessity today.
Many men seem to suffer from what we may term an “overextended adolescence.” Many men today do not have any desire to grow up when the world of video games, cheap pleasures, and no accountability persists. Instead of learning how to be a responsible man, many linger in some sophomoric euphoria until, *poof*, they are 30 years old and decide to think about marriage.
There are some signs of hope. Concerted efforts are ongoing that try to remind men of their high calling as husbands and fathers and to challenge them to live up to that expectation. For if men lived as they are called to live, I think our culture would undergo an incredible transformation.