Single dads’ numbers grow

Single dads’ numbers grow – Brief Article

In 1970 there were 393,000 single father households in the country, and few courts would consider awarding custody to Dad.

Today there are more than two million single fathers. While most mothers still win in custody battles, more mothers are deciding later that the children would be better off with Dad. Many of those dads feel society is suspicious, just waiting for them to fail; so they’re particularly conscientious about doing right by their children and proving themselves capable of the necessary nurturing attentiveness, says Warren Farrell, author of Fat her and Child Reunion (Tarcher Putnam Penguin, 2001). His book (and this article) describes case after case of men who are successfully raising their kids alone, and who have developed the kind of parental intuition usually attributed to mothers (“like an animal watching over her pups,” says one; “she just knows when something is wrong”). They tend to be highly motivated, like a female surgeon would have had to be motivated in 1950, says Farrell. A growing body of research, he points out, has found their kids do at least as well as those raised by single mothers. The father s tend to be older, better off and better educated. They also are more likely to have the mother actively in the picture, meaning single fathers often come closer to approximating an intact family.

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