Thursday, 3 July 2008
Where are the Fathers?
With more cases of child abuse and neglect coming to light in Australia,mothers being brought before courts, the question arises, "Where are the fathers?". There is no plausible reason for any child to live in absolute filth and be subjected to neglect as seen recently.
Ideally parenting of a child should be met by both mother and father. Realistically this isn't an ideal world with thousands of children living in broken homes and the responsibility of parenting is borne by one, usually the mother. It should be noted that not all single mothers/fathers abuse or neglect their offspring . Still, in the cases that have been broadcast , there seems to be hardly any if at all, mention of the fathers. You will find a number of mothers/fathers use their own issues and apply it to the kids as a reason for not allowing access in their lives. Issues between a mother and father need to be kept between them, kids don't need to be witness or subjected to their parents hostilities. Absentee fathers; and I use fathers here as I stated before with the cases we are now hearing about are not in the picture, need to step up to the plate and take an active role in their kids lives and accept responsibility. Children don't ask to be born and they deserve the best from both parents, whether they co-exist or not, it is achievable.