Thursday June 25 | The Dad Factor

June 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

Today we’ll look at what it means to be a father. The definition has changed over the last couple of generations as modern dads play roles that may be far different from their own fathers. More research has been conducted to help us understand the impact of fathers on their children and on marriage. In advance of a WFAE Public Conversation on the topic, we’ll talk with a panel of experts to explore the role and influence of the modern day father.
Guests
Dr. George Bitar – Asst. Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy, Pfeiffer University
Reggie Singleton – Director, Males Place Program
Sandra Willoughby – Director, Center for Community Transitions

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  1. I believe that fathers are even more important in the US than in most other countries. Our society leaves childcare and the education of younger children entirely to women. As a result fatherless children often have little or no contact with men who can nurture and provide role models for them.

    This is not the case in other developed countries. I once told a German student that I had heard that Germany had a lot of male teachers even in kindergarten. He replied “Not so many, only about half”! Unlike most Americans, he did not think there was anything strange about a man teaching small children.

    Since so much of early education focuses on socialization is it any wonder that so many boys raised without men reject these values as not masculine?

    • I completely agree with Bernie! AS a matter of fact, I raised my hand 2 2 times to speak at this function, and was overlooked both times. It wasn’t until the end of the conversation that the subject turned to the topic of many fathers WANTING to be in their children’s lives, but were prevented from doing so by the courts and misguided mothers. Anyone who feels as I do about how important fathers are to the overall health and well-being of children should check out http://www.kidsinterestequalsdualsupport.org . We are a local non-profit organization fighting for Shared Parenting through change in current legislation. Please come to our next meeting on Monday, August 3, 2009 to learn more, and be a part of the solution. Prospects for kids to have both parents fully involved are bleak unless more people step up to the plate and fight for equal rights for parents.


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