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There are more than 26 million active fathers in the United States.

70 percent of hardcore criminals grew up without fathers.

The number of single fathers increases steadily year to year. For example, in 1980, there were 0.7 million single fathers; in 1990, there were 1 million; in 1998, there were 2.1 million.

40 percent of fathers never read to their children.

46 percent of men have a home mortgage; 40 percent have a car loan.

47 percent of middle-class baby-booming fathers say they do not spend enough “quality time” with their children, and 78 percent of these dads say they felt guilty about it.

96 percent of all fathers are employed.

Fathers earn two-thirds of family incomes.

Testosterone levels are lower in obese men.

Children born to younger moms are more likely to live to the age of 100.

Exercises recommended after childbirth may also help men after prostate surgery.

An estimated $1 billion is spent each year in the United States for Father’s Day gifts, but Dad is still paying the bill when it comes to telephone calls from the kids.  Father’s Day ranks #1 for the day that the most collect calls are made.

Dads receive far fewer greeting cards than moms.  About 140 million moms receive cards for Mother’s Day, compared to just 90 million dads getting Father’s Day cards.

Average number of credit cards in a guy's wallet: 2.5

Percentage of guys who pay their credit-card balances in full each month: 41

Most fathers report that fathering is the most important part of their lives.

Doctors at Columbia University’s School of Public Health analyzed data from 38,934 men and their children from 1964 through 2005.  They found that men who father only daughters have a 40 percent increase in the occurrence of prostate cancer compared with men who have at least one son.  A man’s risk of prostate cancer decreases as the number of sons increases.

The Last Sharifian Emperor of Morocco, Moulay Ismail (1627-1727), known as “The Bloodthirsty,” is reputed, according to the Guinness Book of Records, to have fathered 548 sons and 340 daughters.

Almost 60 percent of working dads in the United States would not take paid paternity leave, even if it were offered.  Reasons cited include: inability to afford it (46 percent), fear it would harm their careers (31 percent), being too busy at work for an extended period of time off (28 percent) and being needed by co-workers and clients (28 percent).

Generation X fathers (aged 23 to 37) spend an average of 3.4 hours every weekday caring for and doing things with their young children.  Baby-Boomer fathers spend only 2.2 hours each workday.

Fathers in intact U.S. households spend less than 30 minutes one-on-one time per day with their children.

In America, 24 million children live in homes without their fathers. And nearly 40 percent of these children have not seen their fathers at all in the past year.

90 percent of men who develop prostate cancer were born with healthy genetic blueprints for their prostates.  Men in their 20s who ejaculate at least five times a week are one-third less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer during their mature years.  Men who father only daughters have a 40 percent increase in the occurrence of prostate cancer compared with men who have at least one son.  A man’s risk of prostate cancer decreases as the number of sons increases.  Nine in 10 men who develop prostate cancer were actually born with healthy genetic blueprints for their prostates.  91 percent of all prostate cancers are sparked by DNA that becomes “corroded” over the course of a man’s life.  Thirty-year-olds have a 30 percent chance of carrying a trace of prostate cancer, forty-year-olds have a 40 percent chance, etc.  Yes, the cancer usually progresses so slowly that most men die of something else first, but prostate cancer does kill more than 30,000 men every year.

.2 percent of fathers get reverse vasectomies; 98 percent of them are successful.  The average cost of a reverse vasectomy is $10,000 (medical insurance usually doesn’t cover it).

Among teens living in “hands-on” households (TV, Internet and music choices monitored, along with after-school, evening and weekend activities), 47 percent reported having an excellent relationship with their fathers and 57 percent reported an excellent relationship with their mothers. By comparison, only 13 percent of teens with “hands-off” parents reported an excellent relationship with their fathers and 24 percent reported the same with their mothers. The survey, from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, looked at 1,000 American teens between the age of 12 and 17.



Moms

First-time labor lasts an average 13 hours.

Average length of childbirth hospital stay in 1970: 3.9 days; in 1992: 2.1 days

Most mothers report that the fathers are their main source of emotional support after childbirth.

Women write 80 percent of all personal checks in the U.S.

Female shoppers spend 50 percent more than men on gifts for their father.


Children

There are more than 26 million active fathers in the United States in traditional family households, in which the child lives with two parents.

20 percent of children in the U.S. live in poverty, and most of them live in fatherless households.

In the United States, almost 60 percent of 22- to 24-year-olds are living at home. For the 25- to 29-year-olds, it’s about 30 percent. For 30- to 34-year-olds, it’s about 25 percent.

Back in the 1950s, about 99 percent of all parents spanked their toddlers.  This was reduced to 97 percent by 1975 and to 90 percent in 1985, where it remains today.  Mothers are more likely to use spanking as a method of discipline than fathers.

25 percent of American children have sleep problems – waking during the night, sleepwalking, disordered breathing, etc.  Among children under eleven years of age, 60 percent experience some kind of sleep trouble at least a few nights each week.

11,000 babies are born each day in the United States.

Of the 30 million American children involved in youth sports annually, 70 percent quit by age 13.

4.3 million children were born in the United States in 2006, the largest number of births in 45 years.  The U.S. has one of the highest fertility rates in the industrialized world.  Reasons, according to the experts, include a decline in contraceptive use and a drop in access to abortion.

Almost 75 percent of kids from single-parent households will experience poverty before they turn 11 years old, compared to 20 percent for two-parent families


Everybody

Two-thirds of couples experience a sharp decline in relationship quality when they first become parents.

America once had the happiest citizens in the developed world. Now the United States is No. 23, according to research compiled at the University of Leicester. Alcoholism, suicide and depression rates have soared, with fewer than 1 in 3 Americans claiming to be “very happy.”

25 percent of fathers shop during the holiday season with their adolescent children; 75 percent
of mothers go shopping with their children.

In 2007, some 8 billion candy “conversation” hearts were produced for Valentine’s Day.  According to the National Confectioners Association, that’s enough itty-bitty hearts to stretch from Paris, France, to Valentine, Arizona, and back 20 times.


Sometime around 1550, Gabrielle Fallopius invented a linen sheath to protect men from syphilis; later it was found useful for the prevention of pregnancy.












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