In the words of
syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker: "Fatherhood seems to have become
lost in the cultural shuffle we call 'these days.' Everywhere we look,
fathers are diminished. They're deadbeats, wife beaters, child molesters.
They're fungible, dispensable,
Even the 'experts' tell us
that dads aren't that important to children's development, that the
consequences of absent fathers have been overstated. Such that here in
America - where, incidentally, civilized society is crumbling - people
don't even question the need for fathers anymore. Women get pregnant, have
babies and raise children by themselves all the time."
So what do Dads actually do ...
Again, In the words of syndicated
columnist Kathleen Parker: "... my grandmother was the most righteous
woman ever to roam God's earth.
But ... she
submitted to no one but God. Not to temptation, not to social pressures
and not to that dear man she stayed married to through the Great
Depression, family tragedies and a laundry list of conflicts that would
send today's staunchest Baptist scurrying to divorce
None of this woman submit to thy
man business. If anybody submitted to anybody, John B. submitted to
Berfoo. Any fool could see that.
brought home the bacon, literally. She raised children, prepared meals and
ran the roost. When John B. misbehaved, Berfoo chased him around the
dining room with her knife and fork, much to the delight of us kids.
Otherwise, she ruled with the gentleness of her inscrutable
No one ever would have thought to tell
her that she had to submit to her husband in order to make things work. Of
course, no one needed to tell either of them to behave one way or another.
As in the best marriages, John B. and Berfoo submitted to one
Life was too hard to do otherwise.
They didn't have time to bicker over pettiness. There was work to be done,
mouths to feed. Divorce was unfathomable. God was
Graciously, I submit: If it worked
for the most righteous woman on earth, it works for me."
So what do Moms actually do ...
American adults are convinced that
today's teen-agers face a crisis of character that only a crash course in
morals and values can solve, a major study released last year says.
. . . . "Most Americans look at today's
teen-agers with misgiving and trepidation, viewing them as undisciplined,
disrespectful and unfriendly," says a Public Agenda study called "Kids
These Days: What Americans Really Think About the Next
. . . . In fact, only 37
percent of the 2,000 adults and 32 percent of the 600 teens polled said
they believed that the next generation would "help make this country a
better place," the New York-based research group said.
. . . . The crux of the problem is the failure of
parents, schools and society to teach morals and values to children, a
majority of adults said in the study, which was conducted in December for
Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Advertising Council.
. . . . Solutions, it said, were to give more support
to parents, teach values in school and create more after-care
. . . .
So what to do about kids ...