2 thoughts on “Single Fathers: Defying Caricatures, Connecting with Kids

  • July 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    This is a great topic and I, having known a number of single fathers, would love to see the stereotypes smashed. For one thing, just as I am a single mother by choice, there are an increasing number of men who choose to become fathers even though they never married. They have usually made this decision very thoughtfully and are well prepared with a social support system for themselves and their children. I know that, at this point, single fathers by choice are in the minority among single fathers but they are still faced with the same stigma as those who are single by circumstance. Families come in all shapes and sizes and single fathers need to be judged on an individual basis just as married parents should be.

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  • July 11, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Li .. Where I come from, a single man or a woman cannot have children unless he/she has got them from a previous legitimate marriage. I’m a single woman and my only way to have children is to get married first. If I got married and cannot have children for any reason. Then that’s the end of it. Adoption for married couple is almost impossible to have .. let alone for a single person. Sperm donation and sarogate mothers … Forget it. These are plain facts. What do I think about all that? It’s not fair. I just feel sad for the single people who want to have children and they don’t want to marry. I would want to hope that this will change but I just don’t think it will soon.

    Back to the topic in hand, I have 5 brothers and five sisters. Out of the 6 of them who are married, I believe that one of them I consider as a great parent. My point is that not every one is meant to be a parent. The act of nurturing and educating children is not in every one of us regardless of our marital status.

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