For children whose parents divorce or stay together in a constant state of crisis, despair or estrangement, celebrating Father's Day can come with unique challenges. Firsthand words of caution for parents who consider passing negative feelings about a current or former spouse on to their children.
Fewer American children are growing up with fathers at home. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau and essays from Miami-Dade County Elementary School children reveal much about the increasing challenges facing our nation's youth, families, and neighborhoods.
"From the first moments of life, the bond forged between a father and a child is sacred. Whether patching scraped knees or helping with homework, dads bring joy, instill values, and introduce wonders into the lives of their children," begins President Barack Obama's Father's Day Proclamation. Read more along with essays from inner-city children on the meaning of Father's Day.
Childrens’ Father’s Day Essay Finalists Highlight Vital Roles Dads Play in Lives of Inner City Youth
Father's Day essays written by elementary school children in Miami-Dade County highlight the vital role men play in the lives of their sons and daughters. Thirteen finalists share their responses to the question, "What Father's Day means to me."