The Welsh-born English poet George Herbert is credited as having said that “one father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” And although this idea was put forth well over 300 years ago, it remains true today. Fathers can provide their children with a wealth of wisdom and important information.
The emotional fallout from a divorce may leave a man feeling uncertain about his role in his child?s life. Given that so often women are granted custodial rights, men are often left in a situation of having only limited visitation time. As a child grows and adjusts to living with only his or her mother, a man may feel less needed.
But children do need fathers for so many reasons. First, fathers can share their experiences with their children to help them prepare for adulthood. Often a child will have aptitudes and interests similar to those of his or her father. This means that a child may possess particular talents that are better understood and more effectively nurtured by a father.
Also, a child and a father may share similar emotional characteristics. In such cases, it can be easier for a father to understand how a child might be feeling in a given set of circumstances. When this is the situation, a father can advise a child on how to deal with the feelings that he or she is experiencing.
As a father, you should never sell yourself short on how important you are to your child?s development and well-being. Your visitation rights should be honored for the good of both you and your child.
If you are dealing with custody and visitation issues, you may wish to contact the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway. You can go to our page that addresses child custody and support issues to learn more about how we may be able to help you.