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This is not about your blog but it is about the poll. It doesn't matter if a child has married, divorced, single or unwed parents as long as they have caring parent(s).
Bighorn, You say you have been a witness to all those situations where single parents who have to overcome situations they do not know how to handle. Well have you ever seen a mother whose husband is beating, abusing, or molesting their child, male or female? Have you ever helped those single mothers who had no choice but to walk away from their abusing husbands for the sake of said children? Or those single fathers who chose to step up to the plate when their wives ran off with other men?There are a million situations to account for and not all of those single parents in those situations are that way by choice. Single parents may have, at one point been married, but are now raising their children on their own to protect their children. What are the circumstances of the situations that you used for your negative examples? You can't pick and chose what you want to acknowledge in this life. Times change and things change, that is the one thing that is certain in this life.
Ok, Ok, I'm an old fashioned, close minded fart with no clue what is going on in our society.Have any of you assisted a single mother dealing with the trials of teen boy feeling his manhood ready to rule the world?Have you struggled with a friend who is forced to explain female "changes" to his 6th grade daughter because her mother is not around?Sat in emergency room and watched a woman alone bring in a sick child and struggled to hold herslf together as the doctor treats her child.Counseled a single mother who is talking to Attorney General about collecting child support, and trying to pay her rent, car payment, and still go to HEB?I have. But then again, I'm just an old fashioned fart.When our society began to accept as "ok" for men to father children as a hobby or passion, move on to "better things", and ignore their responsiblities our society began to decline at a rapid rate. A hearty "thank all of you" for confirming my thoughts. I am out of step.Alll of the other posters "I know people" and "I have friends" arguments win again.
The issue at hand is not a moral one but a social issue. We as a society have placed parenting equal to issues such as career and hobbies. It is magical thinking to hold that children can be raised in the 45 minutes after work and before night school while parents expand their horizons or engage in another pursuit . Folks tell themselves that to justify the neglect but TYC, TDCJ, drug rehabs, youth homes, 12 step meetings, and other places lost souls end up are full of "you can have it all" moms, and dads who said "no thank you" to the sacrifices it would take to make that possible.
Chris,Thanks for addressing your method of searching out this story.I don't agree with the glorifying of single parenthood, especially on Fathers Day. Unfortunately, the fact that both new fathers you located may speak volumes about where our society is headed. For every "April Brandon", I fear there are many more stories with a less than happy outcome.How about a followup a year from now to note the challenges, hopefully triumphs of the featured "Family"?