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6/17/13 at 10:52 PM 0 Comments

Fatherhood: More Men Than Women Want Children

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John Piper

Father's Day has passed but here are two news stories about fatherhood and parenting that I wanted to share.

Recently the Associated Press and WE-TV conducted a poll of men on the topic of parenting. The results are somewhat surprising.

According to AP, "About 8 in 10 fathers surveyed said they always knew they wanted to have children, compared with about 7 in 10 mothers ..."

Men also showed a preference for households composed of two parents: "Men are a bit more skeptical than women that a single mother can do as good a job raising a child as two parents can, and men are more likely to say an increase in the number of single mothers is bad for society."

The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed John Piper, the former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, and he described his experience of adopting a baby girl when he was 50 years old. Piper enjoyed watching his wife and daughter bond.

Piper offered this advice: "God is in the business of taking a mess and making it useful in the future. Don’t let the past failures hinder your future with your kids. Your kids may be 40, 50 years old, and you can venture new things, you can reach out in new ways to them because God is a God of redemption."

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