A mother and father are both very important for the development of a child. Most adults if they could choose would like both mother and father involvement in their childhood. Research has shown the positives of father involvement and the negatives of father absent households. However, over 29 million children in the United States do not live with their fathers. This statistic is very surprising to me. I have always known some children do not grow up with a father, but I never knew these children amounted to over 39%. A father present in a child's life has many benefits for example involvement in school which leads to better academic performance, discipline, and encouragement to be independent. While a father absent in a child's life increases the chances of teen pregnancy, crime, violence, and drug abuse, it is certainly not the only agent that influences these children's behavior. Research has shown a father plays a crucial role in the development of a child and I believe society should place a higher value on the role of fathers.