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Published: Sunday, Oct. 21 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

There's obviously all kinds of evidence for the support of the church defined model of a family. It seems to look like the american family of the fifties. Trouble is, it doesn't exist. I don't know if it ever did. I doubt it will again. We need a new paradigm to deal with reality.

Wee One
Santa Monica, CA

I am a firm believer that fathers in the home are vital and provide a role for our children. As a former girl scout leader, we are no longer allowed to call the daddy/daughter dance by that name. It is now the parent/daughter dance because of all the girls growing up without dads. I was fortunate/blessed to have my own father in the home while I was growing up. My children have also had that blessing. I am concerned for those children growing up in homes where dad isn't around and doesn't come around unless it is in the best interest of the child/children (i.e., abusive father, drunkard, druggie dad, etc.). It concerns me even more as there are now women purposely getting pregnant so they can have a child without regard to a father. I see this more and more these days. I wonder what these children will be like in about 10 years.

twelvestringsam
Orem, UT

Families with a Father and Mother did exist in the fifties, but they still exist. Fathers and Mothers are still very much alive. Children who have a Father and Mother who are engaged in their lives will do well. The evidence is clear. The presence of a Father and Mother who are engaged in the lives of their children will have a positive outcome.

bandersen
Saint George, UT

Any who believe that a father or mother, or that marraige between those two, is optional, has a serious deficit in the understanding of history, as well as scripture.

Meadow Lark Mark
IDAHO FALLS, ID

Fathers and mothers are important. Any who want to have another system simply because they say today it doesn't work are wrong. We need to try to do all that we can to have families that have fathers and mothers. It is the best way.

SportsFann
Bountiful, UT

The fact that such a study is necessary shows that many believe fathers do not matter. How sad. While some fathers do abandon their responsibilities, many women decide they no longer want to be married or need their husband in their life. Problem is, such decisions lead to divorce and rarely do men get custody even when there is no reason for the divorce. So the state and the wife push dad out the door making it difficult for him to be in their the lives of their children. The women are also automatically supported by their churches. There needs to be a serious look at laws and the rights of fathers in such circumstances. If a woman chooses to get a divorce based on anything outside of abuse or infidelity, custody should not be just handed over to such woman. If she wants to leave, go...but let dad and the kids remain intact.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Hutterite American Fork, UT
"I don't know if it ever did. I doubt it will again."

There are successful traditional families all over my neighborhood. They are the norm, the children in these homes are well adjusted, really like the concept of having their bio-dads living under the same roof with their bio-moms.

Why is it that that some folks see "the church defined model of a family" as such a threat or such a bad thing when they have so much to offer?

LVIS
Salt Lake City, UT

Hutterite
American Fork, UT
"There's obviously all kinds of evidence for the support of the church defined model of a family. It seems to look like the american family of the fifties. Trouble is, it doesn't exist. I don't know if it ever did. I doubt it will again. We need a new paradigm to deal with reality."

Yes, it did exist. Yes, it still exists. No, we don't need a 'new paradigm' to deal with reality. Reality is that there exists a 'model' that has proven to be successful--what you call "the church defined model", also known as a nuclear or elementary family.

hoost
Walnut Creek, CA

That's a lot of stats about single parent families in an article trying to be persuasive about the downfalls of genderless parenting. Where are the stats about same-sex parent families to compare? I think it's safe to assume they are not nearly as negative as the the single parent, impoverished family statistics.

Mormoncowboy
Provo, Ut

I love statistical science, but I shutter everytime I read the "statistics" that are put forth as real research. Does this data account for all the other variables that are often associated with children raised in fatherless homes, to account for it's conclusions? Does it account for poverty, the difficulty of supervision and adult interaction in single-parent homes, children born as result of teen-pregnancies, etc?

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