If you want to know how much dads matter in the lives of their children, ask me – I didn’t grow up with a dad. My biological dad, stepdad and foster dad were all out of my life by the time I turned 13. It’s tough to go through life with a father who’s either physically or emotionally absent. But don’t take my word for it; just look at the statistics. They’ll show you how things go awry when a dad’s not at home.