Response to a fatherhood survey

You are encouraged to provide your own responses to:

Fatherhood Survey

We’re gathering evidence from a range of children, professionals and the general public in order to present a child-centred case demonstrating the importance of fatherhood. The hope for the project is that we’ll be able to identify, understand and raise awareness of the barriers to father-child relationships and to produce a set of recommendations about how they might be removed.

Find out more about the survey and how we’ll use the results by visiting our Fatherhood Commission page.

Find out how to submit a more extensive contribution to our Fatherhood Commission.

Please take a few moments to tell us what you think about the issue of fatherhood. You don’t need to be a father to fill in our survey. We look forward to reading your views.

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* Are you:

Other

If ‘other’ please specify:

a son, a father and a grandfather

* Are you male or female?

Male

* How did you hear about this survey?

Other

If ‘other’ please specify:

Your attempt at posting an off-topic comment at http://blog.fathersforlife.org/2010/09/20/goal-posts-for-thompsons-have-been-moved-again/

Do you believe that fathers are important to their children’s well-being? Please explain your reasons.

Fathers are as important as are mothers.  Only by being able to bond with their fathers as well as their mothers can children fully develop their potential to become completely human.

What do you feel are the main barriers to fathers’ involvement in children’s lives and do you have any ideas on how these barriers could be removed?

One of the main barriers to constructive fatherhood is society’s all-out war against fathers and families.  That leads to the expulsion and exclusion of fathers from their children’s lives.

A good start with removing those barriers could be made by halting the vilification of men and fathers.  More progress with that could be made by putting an end to the criminalization of fatherhood through divorce- and family-courts as well as through various social agencies, foremost the education system and the media.

Further progress would be made by recognising and addressing the problem symptoms and their causes stemming from the systematic and deliberate exclusion of fathers from their children’s lives.  Check: “Experiments in Living: The Fatherless Family”, by Rebecca O’Neill; Sept. 2002, CIVITAS, http://www.civitas.org.uk/pubs/experiments.php?PHPSESSID=04a5571963443f82281d8c0bd4332322

Do you have any ideas on how to encourage fathers who are not involved in their children’s lives to become more active?

Certainly.  Stop the criminalization of fatherhood and let fathers be what only they can, let them be fathers.

If you have any other views on the issue of fatherhood that you would like to share with us, lease comment below.

Perhaps I gained the wrong impression from your website  — correct me if I am wrong — but the elephant in the room glares through all absence of you mentioning it:  no-fault divorce, in which the fault is always and without fail squarely laid on the shoulders of the husband.  In short, you don’t once mention divorce, the major and all-pervasive reason for negative outcomes in child-raising.

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Visit The Children’s Society Fatherhood Survey and provide your views.

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