Happy Fathers Day to all the hardworking dads out there; single parent dads, joint custody dads, step dads and regular dads.
I’ve found some inspiring articles about dads. I hope you enjoy them. And enjoy your special day!
Single dads find support among their peers
Just because Sheldon Kitzul is a social worker and life coach doesn’t mean he has all the answers to the challenges of fatherhood, including single parenting. So, recently, he dropped into 1UP, the Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre to see what they offered and opted to join its Dads With Dads Support Group.
Read more: http://www.vancouverson.com
A special tribute on Father’s Day to single dads
Until recently, many occupations were “gendered,” in that people thought of them as being necessarily male or female. A doctor, for example, was always assumed to be male, while a nurse was inevitably seen as female.
This meant that female doctors and male nurses were all but invisible. But no longer: The fall of gender barriers in recent decades has provided new visibility to those who previously lived in the shadows.
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com
Fathers get a bad rap in the media and the courts
Arnold Schwarzenegger. John Edwards. Eliot Spitzer. John Ensign. Mark Sanford. To hear the media tell it, we live in the era of the bad dad.
Stories about famous, successful men who submit to temptation and harm their family lives in the process certainly make great headlines and Internet fodder, as do the divorces that often follow.
Lost in the obsession over this handful of episodes is the fact that research shows that most fathers are heavily invested in their kids’ lives and that their presence is vital.
Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com
Fathers Day: Dads are very important, and every child should have one in their lives
This is the day for fathers and their children to celebrate that they have each other.
There is much to celebrate. Dads are enormously important. They understand boys as only a former boy can, and can offer guidance and examples that only a male can provide. They teach daughters things a man understands better than a woman, and help them get ready to have healthy relationships with males.
Read more: http://www.dailypress.com
On Father’s Day, honoring the single dads who step up
Most days, it sure doesn’t feel to Mark Hertle like he’s part of one of society’s hottest trends. Take what is supposed to be a routine part of parenting: the PTA meeting.
“I go in to those meetings, and I’m still viewed with some suspicion,” Hertle says. “It’s like: Why am I there? Am I cruising for a date or something? It’s just a little bit of a sense you get, that you’re an outlier.” Yet in that often thankless duty of child-rearing, they say nobody is stepping up these days more than dads like Hertle. By which I mean: single dads.
Read more: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com