Boys without dads — it can break your heart. I’m Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family.

I once heard of a man named Brad, who was waiting for a table at a neighborhood restaurant when he felt something tugging on his pants leg. He looked down and was startled to see a little boy, about 3 years old, looking up at him. At that moment, the boy’s mother rushed over and pulled the boy away. He noticed the woman was crying. “I’m sorry, “ she said, “but you look just like his father — he misses him terribly.” You see, the boy’s parents were divorced and his father had dropped out of his life.

Children living in father-absent homes are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems, to be suspended from school or drop out, to be victims of child abuse or neglect, to use drugs and to commit suicide as teenagers.

Dads, it’s an awesome responsibility you’ve been given! Your child longs for your love, your guidance and your time. Moms, if you’re alone, make it a priority to provide your son or daughter with a positive male role model. Find a friend, relative, coach, or minister who will make a commitment to befriend your child. An involved, committed man makes an irreplaceable contribution in the life of every boy and girl!

I’m Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family.

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