father's role in the family

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, today a fam­i­ly with­out a father is not uncom­mon. But is this a prob­lem for mod­ern women: we will stop a gal­lop­ing horse, and give birth to a child with­out get­ting off the chair of the head, and raise a pre­cious child, not for­get­ting to keep our sub­or­di­nates in a tight grip. That’s right, today women are capa­ble of many feats, but this does not mean that there are no dif­fer­ences between a fam­i­ly with­out a father and a com­plete fam­i­ly. To under­stand these dif­fer­ences, you need to under­stand what is the role of the father in the fam­i­ly, what duties are assigned to him, because mod­ern soci­ety no longer pre­scribes a man to be a bread­win­ner and blame the rest of the chores on a woman.

The role of the father in the modern family

The prob­lem of rela­tions between fathers and chil­dren in the fam­i­ly has always been, and there is no get­ting away from it, dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions will always have dif­fer­ent views on life sit­u­a­tions. But if ear­li­er the prob­lems were due to the father’s too strong influ­ence on the chil­dren, his word was deci­sive in almost any issue, today there is a loss of the father’s author­i­ty in the fam­i­ly. This hap­pens for many rea­sons, the main of which is female eman­ci­pa­tion. Thanks to her, the patri­ar­chal mod­el of the fam­i­ly was destroyed, and a new one has not yet had time to form.

Now men believe that they are not oblig­ed to take respon­si­bil­i­ty for the fam­i­ly — equal­i­ty is all the same, and it’s not a man’s busi­ness to sit with a rat­tle near a child. Fathers of fam­i­lies are now spend­ing more and more at work, and when they come home they wish that no one dis­turbs them, espe­cial­ly a child with his stu­pid ques­tions. As a result, chil­dren expe­ri­ence a lack of male influ­ence, which the school can­not make up for — there, too, the major­i­ty of teach­ers are women. If the child does not see his father, they do not estab­lish an emo­tion­al con­nec­tion, there is no sense of respect for the elder. And when the child grows up, his father begins to sin­cere­ly won­der why his word means lit­tle to the child, why chil­dren run away with their prob­lems and joys to their moth­er.

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But such an approach to edu­ca­tion gives rise to a lot of oth­er prob­lems — chil­dren do not know how a man should behave, they have nowhere to per­ceive the male mod­el of behav­ior. From here we get infan­tile and self­ish young men, and ini­tial­ly unhap­py girls in their per­son­al lives — they do not expect (and if they do not wait, they most often do not receive) any sup­port from the oppo­site sex and take on an exor­bi­tant bur­den in orga­niz­ing their lives, rais­ing chil­dren etc. There­fore, it is impor­tant not only to raise chil­dren in a com­plete fam­i­ly, but also not to reduce the role of the father to mak­ing mon­ey. If we talk about equal­i­ty, then the con­tri­bu­tion to fam­i­ly well-being (both mate­r­i­al and spir­i­tu­al) of both par­ents should be equiv­a­lent.

From the moth­er, chil­dren receive the first lessons of kind­ness, she con­tributes to the devel­op­ment of such qual­i­ties as sen­si­tiv­i­ty and kind­ness to peo­ple, the abil­i­ty to appre­ci­ate kind­ness and give it to oth­ers. A moth­er teach­es chil­dren about care and human­i­ty. From their father, chil­dren receive willpow­er, the abil­i­ty to defend their point of view, fight and win. Father teach­es courage and resilience to life’s trou­bles. And no mat­ter how lov­ing father and brave moth­er, if there is only one par­ent, the child will still receive a one-sided upbring­ing. A full-fledged per­son­al­i­ty can be formed only under the influ­ence of both father and moth­er.

Father’s new family

But what if the father left the fam­i­ly, try to return him to a cozy nest with all his might, fear­ing that the child will receive an infe­ri­or upbring­ing? Of course, you can try to return, but it is worth remem­ber­ing that this does not always lead to the desired results. Often such “returnees” final­ly lose inter­est in fam­i­ly life and rais­ing chil­dren, and after all, a man in the house is not “for fur­ni­ture” fathers and children familyneed­ed. There­fore, it is often bet­ter to part ami­ca­bly, hav­ing stip­u­lat­ed the father’s share in the life of his child, let them see each oth­er, com­mu­ni­cate and spend time togeth­er.

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But you should not assign too much role to the bio­log­i­cal father, as folk wis­dom says, dad is not the one who con­ceived, but the one who raised. A man should be a senior men­tor for a child, pro­vide him with sup­port (mate­r­i­al, phys­i­cal and emo­tion­al), all this can be done by a fos­ter father. There­fore, if the baby’s father does not want to take part in his life, you should not insist, noth­ing good will come of it any­way. Bet­ter a lov­ing step­fa­ther than an indif­fer­ent father.