And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it. Accompanied by his wife, Michelle , and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, who sat in the front pew, Mr. His themes have also been sounded by the comedian Bill Cosby , who has stirred debate among black Americans by bluntly speaking about an epidemic of fatherlessness in African-American families while suggesting that some blacks use racism as a crutch to explain the lack of economic progress. Jeremiah A.
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Wright Jr. The address was not Mr. On the campaign trail, Mr. Obama has frequently returned to the topic of parenting and personal responsibility, particularly for low-income black families. Speaking in Texas in February, Mr. Obama said at the time.
The remarks Sunday were Mr. While Mr. On Friday, Mr. What makes you a man is not the ability to have a child. Any fool can have a child. Obama spoke of the burden that single parenthood placed on his mother, who raised him with the help of his maternal grandparents.
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So I resolved many years ago that it was my obligation to break the cycle — that if I could be anything in life, I would be a good father to my children. This was a particularly well-controlled study, because it allowed DelPriore and her colleagues to examine how two women with similar genetics who were raised under similar environmental conditions might differ in their sexual risk-taking. She found that, when one sister grew up with an active, warm father and the other was raised in a broken home or after their father became less engaged, the former grew up to largely avoid casual unprotected sex while the latter often embraced it.
Although DelPriore examined several outside factors — including relationships with mothers — one of the most salient links between a woman and her sexual decision-making was how close she felt to her father. Children who lose a father to death or incarceration suffer much as those who have uninvolved fathers do, but they represent an easier community to study than the abandoned. Most of the children in the study have unmarried parents and absentee fathers, for a variety of reasons. One of the most sobering findings of the FFS is that, when a dad is behind bars or otherwise far away, there is relatively little he can do to have a positive influence on his children.
When dads are absent due to prison sentences, kids face additional challenges — sometimes more serious ones than what they would have faced had their fathers died or left due to divorce. A lot goes into being a solid father. Making healthy decisions before conceiving so that your kid has the best shot in life, genetically speaking.
Coaching your partner through pregnancy and birth so that your bond to your child starts early. Counseling your teenage daughter about making smart choices.
PART 1. The World in Which Black Fathers Live
But those are the mechanical parts of fatherhood. In a more general sense, these studies all emphasize the importance of not just parenting, but parenting well — not just being present and doing what the studies suggest, but legitimately caring for your children and modeling good behavior.
Perhaps most importantly, dads need to realize that their kids are always watching, and that what they do matters.
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Watch more Fatherly Subscribe. Read preview. Synopsis Absent fathers, the breakdown of the nuclear family, and single-mother households are often blamed for the poor quality of life experienced by many African American children. Jennifer F. Hamer challenges both the imposition of an inappropriate value system and the resulting ineffectual social policies.
Most of what we know about fathers who do not live with their children is based on interviews with the mothers; this book is based on interviews with the fathers themselves. How do these fathers perceive their roles and responsibilities?
This myth-shattering book challenges stereotypes of negotiating parenthood within the context of poverty, live-away status, and black American manhood. Hamer has collected the voices of eighty-eight men who participated in this study by first examining the macro or cultural elements that encompass men's daily lives. As part 1 explores these larger forces that define the social world of fathers, part 2 looks at what significant others expect of men as fathers and how they behave under these circumstances. Part 3 analyzes the particular parenting roles and functions of fathers, using narratives of individual men to tell their own stories.
In this book, contemporary black live-away fathers talk about their goals, walk us through their workplaces, allow us to meet their families and children, and enable us to view the world of parenthood through their eyes. Excerpt This book is about low-income black fathers in America who, for one reason or another, live separate and away from their children. Green University of Missouri Press, Read preview Overview. Paschal Haworth Press,