Editorial: The making of a good father-A A +A
Sunday, June 17, 2012
MEN understandably would act as men. But some say rare are those men who become real fathers in the true sense of the word.
So how can a man become a good father?
Responsible, good provider, loving, faithful, understanding, God-fearing and sensitive to the needs of his children and wife – perhaps these are the traits that a man must possess for him to be called a good father.
But what if a man doesn’t have all these? Does he become less of a father?
Every woman has her own criteria of a good husband. The children have their own criteria too. And whether a man is irresponsible or insensitive, his children still consider him a father. And whether he is unfaithful or not, his wife still considers him as her husband.
A father is supposed to be the breadwinner of the family, as tradition dictates. But with the economic crisis the world faces, most wives are often forced to leave their home and earn a living. Sometimes, a mother’s absence in the home became the cause of conflict among couples as children are left alone to fend for themselves or be at the mercy of their nannies. But husbands must be able to understand the situation and support their wives for taking the initiative to help the family’s finances. In this way, he is also helping his wife to grow professionally.
A father is a father, no matter what he does and what he chooses to have become. He is still the father of his children, the husband to his wife. And as long as chooses to become one, nobody can take away his fatherly love for his family.
Happy Father’s Day to all fathers!
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 17, 2012.