In the United States today, 1 in 4 kids will grow up without a father in the home. Modern media has done a very effective job at convincing our culture that “men don’t matter”. But this could not be further from the truth. Here are some sobering statistics if you’re feeling like your presence has no impact:
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
- 85% of all children who show behavioural disorders come from fatherless homes
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
This is the reality: Our kids need us. But we also need we need each other.
I believe it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to raise a father.
There is a vacancy of strong and healthy men, and not many people are talking about it. Men are growing more lonely each year. We also know that men are disappearing from the modern family. Not convinced? Here are some more numbers to make you think:
- There 7 million men of working age, but are not, many are on social programs, and are usually very medicated.
- These men are spending 2,000 hours/per year on a screen (83.3 days approx.) drowning their mind in distractions.
- A YouGov poll in 2019 concluded that 1 in 5 men have no close friends, twice as many as women.
- The Survey Center on American Life found that since 1995, the number of American men reporting that they had no close friends jumped from 3% to 15%.
- In the same research, the number of men saying they had at least six close friends halved from 55% per to 27%
- In 2021, 15% of men stated they have zero close friends, compared to only 3% in 1990.
This is the reality: Our kids need us, and we need each other
Most men I talk with are fearful of expressing their truest selves, feeling like they cannot be open and honest about how they really feel in most cases. This is no way to live. When we feel this way, they isolate ourselves from community, and retreat into feeling cold and empty and apathetic. DadNation is a place for men to be heard, to be understood, and to be connected to other like-minded men of impact.
What’s the takeaway here? You matter. Who you are matters. What you do matters. How you show up matters. The irony is that this movement is called ‘DadNation’ but at the end of the day. This is for the wives, the mothers, the children and others that need you most in your life. This is why we are on a mission to help 500,000 men transform their life and love through the power of media and mentorship, because we believe that when the dad gets better, the whole family wins.
WHY THE FLAG?
By definition, flags serve as a symbol of where we come from and what we uniquely have to offer to the society in which we live. A flag symbolizes our loyalty to something much larger than ourselves. But most importantly, a flag reminds us that who we are will not be forgotten. We will not melt into the masses. We will stand out and stand with pride. This could not be more true for the men of DadNation:
We have much to offer our families and our world: We are not consumers, we are producers. We add value to every relationship, every transaction, and every situation we are in.
We are a part of something much larger than ourselves: Our actions are much louder than our words (though our words are also powerful). We are modelling the way of the committed and courageous man. We are modelling a life of excellence not just for our families, but for our culture and our world. We are changing the trajectory of our children’s destinies. We are changing our family trees, we are breaking generational curses. What we do is so much bigger than ourselves.
We will not be forgotten: We live lives worthy of imitation. We live lives with an unmatched tenacity. We leave legacies that inspire generations to come through the way we love, give, and serve. We set the standard for how our children and grandchildren will live and what they will value.