posted on Oct, 22 2003 @ 10:35 AM
How important do you think that the father is in the grand scope of childraising? I'm not sure what triggered it, but I started looking up info about
different opinions on the importance fathers have in the lives of children, and what happens to those children who come from single-parent homes with
only a mother.
Part two of my question is this: Do you think that more fathers should be given custody of their children in divorce, and do you think it's fair or
valid that in an overwhelming majority of cases the mother wins custody? Is a father as competent a parent as a mother, and can a father provide the
love and nurturing required to have custody of the child?
Which parent is of more value to the child's development?
Ok, I know that was about twelve questions, but you get my drift of how I want this conversation to go....
Some stats: www.childrensjustice.org/stats.htm
(I present no guarantees of their validity)
So, the original question, because damnit I wanted to put up a poll:
How important is the father to a child's development?
*As important as the mother
*Essential to the proper development of the child
*Somewhat important; the child can develop more positively with a father
*Not very important to the child's development
*Not necessary at all