The United States has made great strides in matters of race and society, but some lingering problems remain. Take for instance, a father who was recently accused of kidnapping because his daughters are biracial.
Virginia dad Joseph was recently in a local Walmart with his three daughters. The trip went without a hitch – he cashed a paycheck, then buckled the three girls – a 4 year old and two 2 year old twins – into their car seats. Joseph then took a moment to make a phone call before returning home. But you know since this is Walmart in Virginia (and because you read the title), this story’s not going to end well.
According to The Washington Times, fathers are disappearing from households across the United States, and the trend is hitting African Americans the hardest.
Thirty three percent of children in the United States are now living without a father, compared to a recorded 11% in 1960.
With the world more competitive than ever, we’re always wondering if our kids will be able to take a bump and keep running toward the goal. Turns out that if you want to know how persistent, tenacious and determined a kid will be, you can check out how determined his dad is for a hint.
Researchers from Brigham Young University conducted a several-year survey of 325 (two-parent) families from BYU’s Flourishing Families Project. Adolescents and their parents were questioned during “Time 2, 3 and 4”, which if we extrapolate some math from their own description, would put participants between 11 and 16. “There are relatively few studies that highlight the unique role of fathers,” said lead researcher Laura M. Padilla-Walker. “This research also helps to establish that traits such as persistence – which can be taught – are key to a child’s life success.”
Making the rounds this week is a story about a Texas grandfather that was stopped by police while walking with his granddaughter. The kicker, which is no surprise thanks to my tell-all title and image, is that the granddaughter was black – the grandfather was white. As always, the devil’s in the details.