Fatherhood Buzz

President Obama's Fatherhood InitiativeNeighborhood barbershops are a trusted space to discuss personal and public issues, ranging from family to politics, health, money, and other life issues.  Fatherhood Buzz is an effort to increase awareness around responsible fatherhood and parenting issues, and increase families access to support through local barbershops throughout the country.


Fatherhood Buzz events take place up to four times throughout the year, typically on Saturdays. Fathers are invited to visit participating barbershops and receive encouragement and information on how to maintain healthy relationships.

At each event, fathers will be celebrated in a comfortable environment while participating in an open discussion of issues facing fathers today, facilitated by Healthy You, Inc.

For details, call 334-671-7774.

“According to 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data, over 24 million children live apart from their biological fathers. That is 1 out of every 3 (33%) children in America. Nearly 2 in 3 (64%) African American children live in father-absent homes. One in three (34%) Hispanic children, and 1 in 4 (25%) white children live in father-absent homes. In 1960, only 11% of children lived in father-absent homes.” (fatherhood.gov)


WHY Dads Matter

Dads matter because children with involved fathers do better in school, feel better about themselves, get along with people better, and are healthier.  They have sons with better behavior and daughters with higher self-esteem.


WHEN Dads Matter

Dads matter during every stage of life.  Babies need dads for security, little kids need dads for structure, teenagers need dads for guidance, and adults need dads wisdom.


HOW Dads Matter

Dads matter directly and indirectly.  Directly, kids benefit from just having a relationship with their father, even if it’s by learning from his mistakes.  Indirectly, dads matter because they can be a support to mom even if they aren’t married.  Aside from helping moms feel supported, kids also benefit from watching their parents interact in healthy ways.  Dads who model good behavior with mothers have sons who know how to respect women and daughters who know how they deserve to be treated.  Kids especially benefit from the security they feel when their parents are in a committed, loving relationship, especially marriage.


WHERE Dads Matter

DADSMATTERDads matter in every aspect of their kids’ lives and in society itself—in the home, in school, and even in the media.  Kids benefit from a positive male role model because dads encourage reasonable risk-taking early on.  Kids who don’t learn about risk early on are more likely to be involved in criminal activity, premarital sexual activity, and other potentially destructive behaviors later on.


TO WHOM Dads Matter

Dads matter to sons, daughters, moms…everybody.  By having an active role in their kids’ lives, dads impact the lives of everyone who comes in contact with their child.

Absent Fathers have kids who are:

  • 77% more likely to be abused.
  • More likely to commit suicide.
  • Five times more likely to grow up poor.
  • 100% more likely to call another man “Daddy.”

Active Fathers have kids who are:

  • More likely to stay out of trouble as youths and adults.
  • 68% more likely to stay away from cigarettes, alcohol, and hard drugs.
  • About 20% more likely to do well in school and graduate.
  • 100% more likely to (one day) say, “Thanks for being there for me.”