NBC12 VIEWPOINT: The Importance of a Father

NBC12 VIEWPOINT: The Importance of a Father

By: Kym Grinnage

Every year, we take time out to say Happy Father's Day to our biological fathers and to those who have played the role of a father in our lives.

I see fatherhood as an opportunity to start with a blank canvas and an opportunity help paint a beautiful and unique life. For those of us who have always had a dad in our lives, the memories you have of the special father and child moments will be with you for the rest of your lives.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America -- one out of every three -- live in biological father-absent homes. Nine in ten American parents agree that this is a "crisis."

Too often, men have made a decision to be a biological father without the lifelong commitment. This of course is not an absolute, but I believe that if a man makes a commitment to marriage he is making a more responsible commitment to fatherhood.

Each child has the right to know that his or her father will be a father for life. Through the good times and bad; through the joys and the tears; through the successes and the failures.

If you would like to read more about the National Fatherhood Initiative please go to:

Happy Father's Day.