Fathers Matter

Fathers Matter

Moms are awesome. There’s nothing like a mother’s love. A child should be with their mother. I’m sure you have seen sayings like these, and many more like them. All of these statements are true. The love and support of a mother are wonderful and even life affirming. What is also true, but less widely proclaimed is that fathers are awesome, wonderful, and necessary. In fact the presence and active participation of a capable and loving father are critically important to the development and success of a child. If you were to ask the average person if fathers were important, I think most would tend to say yes. However, for some peculiar reason the importance of the role of fathers is not discussed and recognized nearly as much as the importance of mothers is. It is a very unfortunate truth that many fathers are completely or partially absent from the lives of their children; and this has a profound effect on the quality of life for those children. In my mind this fact has got to change. To a large extent, fathers themselves are to blame for why their importance isn’t more widely recognized. For a long time men have been the primary income earners for their families. These men would go off to work, and leave raising the children to their wives. Mothers would stay home, building mental and emotional bonds with their children. Because of the bonds made, children naturally gravitate towards their mothers for nearly all their needs. Since the beginning of time men have been enculturated to be strong i.e. ‘emotion-less’, and this over time...