BY GUY CHANDLER
Children who grow up in households without a supportive father are at a great disadvantage for a number of reasons, which are both financial and emotional. Children who do not have a supportive father to help their mother provide financially often become hungry and are unable to buy medicine when they are sick. This forces mothers to work long hours to provide food, medicine and shelter for their children and prevents children from being properly supervised. Not being supervised by responsible and caring parents makes children easy targets of crime and open to exploitation by criminals who want to use children to commit crimes.
BEING A FATHER IS A SACRED RESPONSIBILITY
Because mothers often cannot make enough money for their families by themselves, children often have to work to help make ends meet. Children who are forced to work are open to exploitation by older bosses and are often underpaid. Furthermore, all that time spent working stops children going to school even if their family can afford it. This makes it harder for children to learn new skills and improve their lives and can lead to children turn to crime. Crime is bad for the entire community.
MOTHERS AND FATHERS ARE BOTH ROLE MODELS FOR THEIR CHILDREN
It is important that fathers are around to be a good role model for their children because children look to both of their parents for important life lessons. Men and women are equal and neither gender should be treated differently based solely on their gender but sometimes, there are certain skills and advice that only a father can pass onto his children. These skills are varied and can range from learning the skills of their father’s trade to the ways to have safe, healthy and respectful sex. This is especially true with sons because often sons are more comfortable talking to their father about sex.
Fathers who lead by example and show their children love and affection, help their children to be the best they can be. This is good for the entire community and helps the next generation to be productive members of society.