Letter to dads: what’s the fate of next generation

I find it interesting that our society has become more intrigued by moral issues in recent years, evidenced by the fact that 55 percent of adults discuss moral issues during a typical week.

But a stunning outcome from a study by the Barna Group showed those under 25 are more than twice as likely as all other age groups to engage in behaviors considered morally inappropriate by traditional standards.

Kids just being kids, right?

Not so. These trends involve sexual activity, profanity, pornography, gambling, alcohol and drug use, and lying. And these activities should alarm all segments of society.

Barna suggests that we are witnessing the acceptance of a new moral code. Without much fanfare or visible leadership, a moral system has been created by young people based upon convenience, feelings and selfishness.

So what can be done? The emergence of involved fathers.

It’s not theory; it is a fact that an involved father or father-figure can combat the very issues stated above. Over 22,000 separate sets of data and a review of 24 scholarly studies affirm this conclusion. And the National Center for Fathering is at the heart of this battle.

The encouraging news is that we have seen an increase in the number of dads stepping up to lead their families. In fact, for the first time we saw over 1,000,000 users come to our website at www.fathers.com last year for encouragement and tools to strengthen their role as fathers.

In addition, over 250,000 fathers this year will become involved in the lives of their children through our school-based program WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students).

Dads are hungry to make a difference and better understand the important, life-altering role they play in providing that visible leadership to their children and to children without a dad in the home. — Carey Casey   (Editor’s note: Casey is the CEO of the National Center for Fathering, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the culture of fathering in America by enlisting 6.5 million fathers to make the Championship Fathering Commitment. This column first appeared on the organization’s website at http://fathers.com/blog.)