When fathers aren’t around, it doesn’t just hurt their kids – it affects our society and country as a whole, author Joe Battaglia said on Friday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”
Battaglia, author of “Fathers Say...: Give the Gift of Blessing to Your Children,” joined “The Morning Blaze” crew in a Father’s Day-inspired episode to talk about an “epidemic of fatherlessness” in the U.S. He reminded us that caring dads are integral to a healthy society and shared a dad’s top mission while raising his kids.
“We have an epidemic of fatherlessness in this country,” Battaglia said, citing the statistic that 63 percent of youth suicides occur in fatherless homes. Kids are influenced by their dads whether or not fathers raise them, he asserted.
“Our children will learn something from us even if it’s nothing,” he said.
Battaglia talked about his own experience as a dad and how sometimes the most important thing was to be there for his kids and remind them that he loved them.
“Presence is important,” he said.
In an earlier book about dads titled "That's My Dad!: Honoring the Fathers Who Shaped Our Lives," Battaglia explored father-child relationships using public figures as case studies. Some dad models are positive, and some are negative, but either way, fathers help shape their kids’ lives.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Battaglia's latest book. "Father's Say" is the book about fathers and today's society.