It's Father's Day, and I want to say thanks to my Dad and every other good father out there. It's a source of irritation to me that Dads get such a raw deal these days in so many T.V. shows, movies, and even advertisements... so often they are portrayed as hapless buffoons. The fact is, fathers are extremely important and necessary for successful families and kids. Need proof? Here's some statistics from the U.S.A... fatherless children are: 72% of teenage murderers, 60% of rapists, 70% of incarcerated youths, 2 times more likely to drop out of school, and 11 times more likely to commit acts of violence; they commit 3 out of 4 teen suicides, make up 80% of teens in psychiatric hospitals, and 90% of all runaways. And here are some statistics from the U.K... children who grow up fatherless are: 8 times more likely to go to prison, 5 times more likely to commit suicide, 20 times more likely to have behavioral problems, 20 times more likely to become rapists, 32 times more likely to become runaways, 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances, 9 times more likely to drop out of high school, and one-tenth as likely to get A's at school. Any way you slice it, fathers are important. So here's to them. Below is a clip from the Andy Griffith Show, in which Andy imparts some fatherly advice to his son, Opie (a very young Ron Howard).
And here's a fairly recent commercial that actually got it right: