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Obama’s incomplete plea on fatherhood

kATHLEEN PARKER’S brilliant article highlights:

That America’s fathers need to embrace their most important role is no secret.

But neither are all absent by choice, as Obama’s message implied.

His plea to fathers came on Father’s Day, a time we usually reserve for praising good men.

We pause briefly to ponder the kind of response Obama might have received had he decided to criticize negligent moms on Mother’s Day. No one in his right mind would do such a thing, but we’re so accustomed to dissing dads that even a Father’s Day reprimand leaves America’s eyelashes unruffled.

Changing the system won’t be easy, but Obama is uniquely positioned to make a difference in the conversation. He should begin by saying that bringing fathers back into the family means ending the demonization of men and the culture’s trivialization of fatherhood.

That would be a change we could believe in.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Father’s Day Articles and Stories

So how did it all start? William Smart, a veteran of the American Civil War, was left alone with his six children on a farm in eastern Washington state when his wife died giving birth to the youngest. One of his daughters wanted to honor her father’s strength and selflessness in raising his family alone, and proposed the idea of Father’s Day in 1909.

The role of fathers is changing. In 2006, there were 2.5 million single fathers living with their children, up from 400,000 in 1970, and comprising 19 percent of all single parents, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. About 42 percent of single fathers are divorced, 38 percent were never married and almost three-quarters had annual incomes of less than $50,000. Among the fathers who are still married, an estimated 159,000 stay at home to look after 283,000 children while their wives go out to work. About 2.9 million preschoolers, or 25 percent of the total, are regularly cared for by their father during their mother’s working hours, according to federal figures.

Dad’s changing role

The cab of Paul Goncalves’ truck looks more like a hospital room than the helm of a mighty 18-wheeler. “I’ll tell you, life has been so miserable,” Goncalves said Tuesday after carefully dressing a shunt that drains liquid from the brain of his constant passenger — his two-year-old son, Pauly. Pauly was born with hydrocephalus, an accumulation of spinal fluid on the brain. Doctors recently removed a brain cyst. In his short life, Pauly has had five brain operations.

Paul, Is he a hero father or what?

Then there is this sap who has no clue that fatherlessness is caused by family courts and vengeant psychotic mothers

Honoring Thy Fathers
So have you ever felt that you try to help around the house with child and house chores but the wife instead of complimenting you puts you down and makes you feel incompetent. Well you are not alone and this can have a negative impact on the parenting dads can provide

Mom’s toxic behavior can sabotage Dad’s child care attempts

When Mom’s criticize, Dads Back Off

A father;s tough love does not mean he does not love his kids. Read this heartwarming story of tough love and how a son remembers his dad

What a gruff dad taught his sons about parenting, work and dying