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Wednesday, June 15thFatherless America

Dr. Tim speaks with Dr. James Dobson about the impact of fathers on their children.

Bio: Dr. James Dobson is the founder and president of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his nationwide radio program, Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson.

Dr. Dobson launched his career as a counselor, broadcaster, author and family advocate. He was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years. He served 17 years on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in the Child Development and Medical Genetics divisions, having earned his Ph.D. in Child Development at USC.

In 1977-78, Dr. Dobson founded an organization and recorded a series of videotaped messages about building strong families entitled Focus on the Family. The series was eventually heard by 80 million people around the world, and his name became synonymous with godly parenting advice. The Focus on the Family organization that Dr. Dobson headed for more than three decades continues today, and he is now chairman emeritus.




Life, Love and Family Daily Fact Sheet

Dr. Tim Clinton

“The Dad Factor”


6 Steps for Becoming a Better Father:

  • Pray—you can powerfully influence your children by praying with them and for them, particularly praying for their salvation.
  • Be an Encourager—help build your child’s confidence. Children relish the fact that you believe in them. When they do something good, praise them. Cheer them on as they reach for big dreams.
  • Teach with Kindness—correction and guidance are essential in parenting, but make sure to accompany these with kindness. Negative words, feelings, and actions impact children more deeply than most anything else.
  • Lead by Action—set an example that you want your kids to imitate. Actively pursue godliness by allowing your children to see you study the Word and pray.
  • Pay Attention—know where your kids go, what they like, and what they want. If you fail to make an impact on your child’s desires, the culture will sweep in as he/she is left unattended.
  • Be Available—do not become so caught up in your dream that you forget about being involved with your children. Spend time together as a family while engaging in activities, eating, and doing devotions together.


A Fatherless America:

  • 76 percent of teen girls said that their fathers influenced their decisions on whether they should become sexually active (Meeker, 2006).
  • Kids with absentee fathers are more likely to drop out of school, be abused, be obese, and lack feelings of security (The Father Factor, 2013).
  • Almost 75 percent of children living in fatherless homes will experience poverty and are 10 times as likely to experience extreme poverty (Clinton & Trent, 2009).
  • The deterioration of fatherhood in America is considered our most serious social ill. Nearly 40 percent of children fall asleep in homes where their father is not present.
  • The National Commission on Children found that nearly half of all children in disrupted families have not seen their fathers at all in the past year.
  • Fatherlessness is associated with crime, suicide, teenage pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, and incarceration.
  • Kids with present fathers perform better academically, achieve greater cognitive development, experience less anxiety, and have stronger feelings of identity.



  • “It is a wise father that knows his own child.”—William Shakespeare
  • “Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.”—Bill Cosby
  • “Being a godly father requires much perseverance and prayer as we seek God’s guidance in being the types of fathers He wants us to be.”—Jonathan Falwell
  • “Having kids doesn’t make you a father. Raising them does.”—Unknown
  • “If you are not paying attention to your children, the culture will take them to hell.”—Dr. James Dobson
  • “Every child needs someone who is crazy about him/her.”—Tim Clinton


Key Thoughts (Clinton & Trent, 2009):

  • Raising children is a high calling that God has given to fathers. You cannot take this responsibility lightly.
  • Kids spell love T-I-M-E. There is no substitute for every hour, minute, and second of quality time fathers spend with their children. Kids need heavy doses of you every day if possible.
  • Most child experts agree that kids need at least 11 touches a day—hold your child’s hand, wrestle with him/her, give high fives and hugs.
  • Whether present or absent, a father is always teaching something to his child. Your child learned something form you today, guaranteed. Don’t miss a moment to teach your child important life lessons.
  • Today kids need structure and stability more than ever, for their lives are more erratic, confusing, and rapidly changing than for any generation in history! Fathers, be a reference point, an anchor that holds firmly against powerful countercurrents.



  • “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”—Ephesians 6:4
  • “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”—Malachi 4:6
  • “Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.”—Colossians 3:21
  • “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”—Proverbs 22:6
  • “…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”—Joshua 24:15b
  • “When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: ‘Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.”—Nehemiah 4:14
  • “He said to His disciples, ‘It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.’”—Luke 17:1-2
  • “For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”—1 Samuel 1:27-28a
  • “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to you sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”—Deuteronomy 6:6-9
  • “But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them.”—Psalm 103:17-18




Clinton, T. & Trent, J. (2009). The quick-reference guide to marriage & family counseling. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Meeker, M. (2006). Strong fathers, strong daughters: 10 secrets every father should know. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing.

“The Father Factor”, National Fatherhood Initiative, Accessed on February 11, 2013 from

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