This interesting article was not about single moms, it was about authoritative
dads. Of course single moms are the most persistent, but we are talking about
how fathers can affect their children's persistence. I am grateful for an
authoritative husband who has helped me raise four persistent children, who have
not given up through the ups and downs of college and grad degrees.
Once again, this is an excellent article about the value of fathers. For those
whose comments thus far reflect cynicism or sarcasm regarding this article, Dr.
Randall Day, who is a co-author on the study referred to in this article is an
internationally recognized scholar for his work and research in family studies.
He will be in London in two weeks at a fathering conference being held at
Cambridge University in England. He has devoted his life to the study of the
family with an emphasis on what makes for good fathering. This kind of
information is critical to the stability of society in the world today. Research
in family sciences is particularly complex, and the Flourishing Families
study(which has been conducted under the direction of Dr. Day)is one of the most
solid studies in the world on the family done to date. Thank you Deseret News
for reporting on this vital topic that affects each one of us.
LValfre,Grain of salt?To doubt the validity of something
only based on the criteria of who is saying it is no less than arguing that you
would prefer prejudice instead of reason. Doubting anything BYU-published is
does not mean that you have automatically denied it. But if you applied it to
anything else, such as stating "I doubt the validity of the study that
concluded that water boils when it reaches a certain temperature" then the
irrationality of such a statement is realized.fyi, the church
continually helps to care for single mothers when they are in need. Priesthood
leaders frequently remind, chastise, and encourage men to be responsible to
their wives and children and to own up to their duties. Therefore, to generalize
about BYU to only then remark on woman as if this was somehow an attack on women
is absolutely without reason.Studies reflecting the value in fathers
around fathers-day is something worth value. Criticize that all you want, but
fatherhood will easily withstand your scrutiny. And I've got news for you,
on mothers day the same thing happens.Prejudice doesn't get us
anywhere, especially when the judgement made are wrong.
You want to see persistence? Single working mothers who raise their kids. No
father, unless a single parent himself, can compete in showing that kind of
persistence.Take BYU studies with a grain of salt.
Fathers who parent well are good parents... gee really?
This is something that was a self-evident fact 50 years ago. Nobody would have
bothered to do a scientific study. Now we have gotten to the point that we need
to prove that 2+2 = 4.
Thanks to those who do this kind of research. So often the man/father is
portrayed on TV and in movies as a buffoon, the butt of all the jokes.It's good to see research that says otherwise.