To the editor:
This Father's Day, the Minnesota Fathers & Families Network extends a sincere thank you to all fathers for giving your children the love and support that every child needs. You are the everyday heroes who are building a bright future for Minnesota's youth.
Over the last few years, there has been a growing emphasis on the positive impact of engaged, caring fathers. Research about a father's influence has confirmed what so many of us know to be true fathers really do make a difference. Children with dads and other father figures who actively participate in their lives perform better in school, are more self-confident, are more likely to exercise self-control, and less likely to engage in risky behaviors as teens.
In Minnesota, we are fortunate to have a growing number of community based organizations, faith-based institutions, and government agencies that are focusing on strengthening the bonds between men and kids. We laud these efforts and wish you all an active and joyful Father's Day.
Bob Gustafson, Executive Director
Minnesota Fathers & Families