This type of commentary has been circulating since the 1990s, and even before. Some embittered mom rants on the father for abandoning his family. Most of the time, however, when you find the father and ask him, you get an entirely different story. Why is it that these women are believed, and the fathers aren’t. Without exception, many fathers I have known and dealt with, have been worn down by a system that looks to them for nothing more than money. They are stripped of all rights to their children, they are denigrated in court and in the media, and they find no support anywhere.
I love how these types of women (so called mothers) who don’t see that she has managed to teach her children to either hate or disparage their own father. Good mom. She should be proud of herself. Why can’t we criticize her for failing to do her part to keep the father in the lives of the children. Obviously, she failed in this tiny duty, miserably.
We don’t celebrate Father’s Day at our house. My three sons dread the advertising-soaked holiday the way many singles loathe Valentine’s Day. It’s not that they have lost their father to death, disease, military service, an act of God or misfortune of any stripe. It is that their father has chosen to lose them.
As it is for many fatherless families across the globe, this Sunday is a reminder that fatherhood should be more than a biological feat; it is a primal moral responsibility and one that many men regrettably fail to fulfill. Still, there is a remedy.
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