I commend all of the single parents that do everything in their power to give their child the best opportunity to succeed. I respect those that do without so that their children can have. I honor every sacrifice made so that your child can have a future that you could only dream of; however it is not enough.
Children are taught by the words, ideas and actions that they internalize. So if a child watches a family on tv consisting of: a mother, a father, a son, a daughter and a dog in a three story house he may start to wonder why he/ she doesn’t know his/ her father, mother works so much that he/ she is always with his/ her aunt, lives in a project building and the only pets the family has is the roaches that they all have become accustomed to seeing. As time goes on these thoughts don’t go away, they harbor and grow into bigger ideas. Eventually the child comes to realize that most of the images depicted on tv aren’t real therefore categorizing his/ her earliest memories of a family as fiction and internalizing his/ her own situation as reality and sadly this creates a cycle until someone breaks the chain; will it be you?
“The most important thing that a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” Theodore M. Hesburgh