Message To Fathers: Show Up, Step Up, Man Up

Cperky's Blog

This month, as we celebrate Father’s Day, I have a message for all fathers: Your children need you.

Yes, their mothers may be capable of doing without you. Those women who courageously take on the challenge of being both mother and father are deserving of respect and appreciation for their efforts. But it’s important to not confuse your children’s ability to survive in your absence with their need to thrive in your presence. You must reject the commonly accepted notion that while motherhood is necessary, fatherhood is optional, superfluous, a luxury reserved only for a fortunate few children. My challenge to fathers is to show up, step up, and man up.

Now, before you jump to the conclusion that this message is aimed solely at absentee fathers and deadbeat dads, let me be clear—there is more than one way to be absent from your child’s life. Too many of us…

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