Thursday, January 01, 2009

Children need positive male role models

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY

 

From TODAY, Voices

Friday December 26, 2008

 

By Dr James Dobson

 

Boys without dads – it can break your heart. I once heard of a man named Brad, who was waiting for a table at a neighbourhood restaurant when he felt something tugging on his pants. He looked down and was startled to see a little boy, about 3 years old, looking up at him.

 

The boy’s mother then rushed over and pulled him away. Brad noticed the woman was crying. “I’m sorry, “ she said, “but you look just like his father – he misses him terribly.” The boy’s parents were divorced and his father had dropped out of his life.

 

Children living in father-absent homes are more likely to have emotional and behavioural problems, to be suspended from school or drop out, to be victims of child abuse or neglect, to use drugs and to commit suicide as teenagers.

 

Dads, your child longs for your love, guidance and time. Mums, if you’re alone, make it a priority to provide your child with a positive male role model. Find a friend, relative, or coach who will make a commitment to befriend your child. An involved, committed man makes an irreplaceable contribution in the life of every child.

 

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