Waushara County Health News

Waushara County Health Department shares the importance of a father

County Health Rankings for Waushara County states that there are over 1,000 single parent households in our community. That is equivalent to 23% of all families in our county. This rate compares similarly to that of the United States which has 23.6% of children living without a father present in the home. According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, when a child is raised in a household without a father he or she is/has: 2 times greater risk of death as an infant, 2 times more likely to drop out of high school, 4 times greater risk of poverty, and 7 times more likely to become pregnant as a teen. These simple and free ideas only take a little time but the value is great in the eyes of a child: Read a book with your child; help with homework; take a walk; play a game. A father’s involvement could help determine the health and well-being of a child.  An involved father helps his child: Do better in school, be better able to control extreme emotions, have better physical health, and be less likely to use and abuse alcohol and drugs. Being a father is about directing a child toward the path of life that is best for them. A father’s involvement makes a difference, because they are capable and qualified to be the father their child needs.