What it means to be a father
April 26, 2007 8:05am CST
When I grew up, I knew I had a lot of resentment on the role taken by my father in my life. Somehow, a vow had to be made to ensure I'm not the kind of father he continues to be. However, I often find myself asking as to what are the roles a father must play to a child (which no one else can substitute, that is). Theories and examples from religion, culture, society, and circumstance pop up around and I even think a need for a fatherhood scholl needs being found. My worry is that somewhere along the line of our evolution as a people we need to advance so as to can prepare our children for the next generation. Questions even arise as to whether the role changes if the child is a girl or if it be a boy. Whether the change is vast or minimal. Whether it changes if the child is alone or if it be with siblings. Whether the change is huge if siblings are of the same mother or not. Whether the relationship with the mother influences the matter even more.