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AW RIGHT DEN!: Hate my father

Corey Worrell

AW RIGHT DEN!: Hate my father

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A secondary school class of 30 students was asked: “By a raising of hands, how many of you live with both your mum and your dad?” Out of the 30 students, fewer than ten raised their hands. The remaining students said they lived with their mums.
One of the male students was then asked: “What about your dad?” The student replied, “My father don’t check fuh me. He walked out on me and my mum when I was real small. I don’t care ’bout he – actually, I hate my father.” The student was then asked, “Who told you this?” The student replied: “My mum, my auntie and my grandmother.”
Following that, the student was asked: “Have you ever heard your father’s side of the story?” With a look of astonishment on his face, he softly and shyly said, “No”.
I believe there are many fathers in this country who have been treated unfairly by their children’s mother and at times the “system”. They have had their children turned against them and as a result have had little or no relationship with them. I also believe that there are some fathers who have neglected their children and have shunned their responsibilities as a father.
I believe a child needs guidance and stability. Many children in this country spend weekdays with one parent and weekends with the other. Sadly, some fathers only get to see their children one day a week. Many may argue that both parents are raising the child, but I have a concern with this style of parenting.
Unless both parents have reached an agreement or are working together as a team in raising the child, there will be instability and confusion in that child’s life. Each individual parent will raise that child based on their belief system and their world view.
There is no guarantee that the rules and regulations that the father has implemented will be accepted and practised by the mother. There is no guarantee that both parents will create an equally stable and consistent environment for that child. These are things that can be easily achieved within the original family structure where father, mother and children live under the same roof and, hopefully, by the same essential agreements.
We have drifted so far from the fundamentals of family that our next generation of children will be emotionally, psychologically and spiritually messed up. If you want proof that it has begun, take a trip into our public secondary schools and observe the behaviour and conversations of the children.
 I don’t have any statistics, but I believe the number of single-parent homes in this country is increasing at a ridiculous rate. Common and accepted phrases in our vocabulary now are, “my child mother”, “my child father”, “my mudda man” and “my fadda woman”. The concept of husband and wife is slowly fading and, with it, the values of honour, trust and commitment.
A year and a half ago, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart called for “an attitude that will see more fathers taking care of their children and a reduction in domestic violence”.
I believe he should have called for an attitude to see more parents working together in the development and raising of their children and a reduction in selfish, immature, unforgiving and unprincipled adults.  
Sometimes I wonder if we as adults are too hasty in jumping into relationships and give too much too quickly. Men and women, I urge you to be vigilant and wise. If your spouse or partner has the characteristics of a pig, don’t be surprised when they start to squeal and raise your children to be piglets.
I have heard women say that they don’t need a man to help them raise a child. I have also lived to see that more and more of our nation’s children are lost, out of control, confused and untrained. Could this then be as a result of a child being raised by only its mother? Or because a father is missing from the home? Or because there is a lack of structure, consistency and proper parenting by both parents? Many of our children lack purpose, and where purpose is unknown, abuse is inevitable.
Children need a father and a mother, but most of all they need parents.
• Corey Worrell is a former Commonwealth youth ambassador. Email [email protected]