Honor your father
"... so that it may go well with you" Deut. 5:16
Somehow the conversation moved into - "So whose last name do you have your mom's or your dad's?" The answers were mixed - some had their mother's family name and some had their father's. One girl said that she had to use her mother's name. They others asked why. The girl answered, "My mom didn't even know his last name."
"Fathers are central to the emotional well-being of their children..."
According to Dr. Gail Gross, studies show that if a child’s father is affectionate, supportive, and involved, he can contribute greatly to your child’s cognitive, language, and social development, as well as academic achievement, a strong inner core resource, sense of well-being, good self-esteem, and authenticity.
Far too many of the student Touchstone serves don't have the involvement they need from their fathers. No matter the reason - whether dad works 60 hours a week or dad is locked up, the damage is real and one of the many issues which we help students resolve.