Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Why Do We Need Father's?

I was raised in a large city in the southern part of the United States by a single mother.  I am one of hundreds of thousands of women who are part of the same reality.  We survived.  Some of us even thrived.  We are okay. We are doing fine.  We are able to have stable, balanced personal and professional relationships.

I can't say that I missed out on alot because my father was absent.  There is an old saying, "You don't miss what you never had." I never had a father figure in my life, so other than what I witnessed on television, I didn't really know what that "magic thing" was that society insists I missed by his absence.    Television was simply theater, fantasy.  There was really no programming on television at that time that reflected any of my real world realities.  Although I enjoyed them, I had no connection to "Family Ties" or "The Jeffersons".

Father's are absent from their children's lives for any number of reasons... divorce, military duties, work abroad, prison, death or simply an inability to connect and bond. No matter the reason, absent is absent.  

If there is no father in the home, should women go out of their way to provide a father figure for their child?  

Join This Woman's Words radio on Father's Day at 5:30 PM CST as we welcome Psychotherapist Tom Stevens, LPC-S, RPT to discuss the question "Why Do We Need Father's?"

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