Christopher Marquez and Johnathan Vasquez – Gone But Not Forgotten – http://www.cmjvgonebutnotforgotten.com/
Kindergarten Klassroom Konnection - www.kindergartenklassroomkonnection.com
Reform Foster Parents’ and Children’s Rights Now - http://www.reformfosterparentsandchildrensrightsnow.com/
Christopher Marquez and Johnathan Vasquez – Gone But Not Forgotten – http://www.cmjvgonebutnotforgotten.com/
Kindergarten Klassroom Konnection - www.kindergartenklassroomkonnection.com
Straight Single Fathers Through Surrogacy – http://www.straightsinglefathersthroughsurrogacy.com/
By ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 16:06 EST, 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:08 EST, 22 August 2013
An increasing number of single men desperate to become fathers are turning to surrogacy.
Indeed, Trey Powell, a 42-year-old bachelor from Seattle, welcomed twin daughters six months ago via a surrogate mother and says that he feels 'so lucky every day.'
Growing Generations, a leading surrogacy agency in Los Angeles, says its caseload of men like Mr Powell has steadily risen, with many investing up to $175,000 in the complex procedure.
There are no firm numbers of how many men across the globe have taken this route.
Experts say the driving force is generally a male equivalent of the 'biological clock' that prompts some unmarried women to have children while they're still fertile.
'They say they've always wanted to be a dad, they haven't found a partner that they want to start a family with, they're getting older and just don't want to wait - the same things single women say,' said Madeline Feingold, an Oakland, California, psychologist who has done extensive counseling related to surrogacy.
That was the case for Powell, a pharmaceutical company executive who spent three years futilely trying to adopt.
'I was in an adoption pool for a year and half, didn't get any calls and got bummed about the whole experience,' he said.
'I just wanted to be a dad. Time was not on my side, and I didn't have the luxury of waiting for an ideal mate'
'I just wanted to be a dad. Time was not on my side, and I didn't have the luxury of waiting for an ideal mate.'
Before approaching Growing Generations, Powell discussed his options at length with family members and with people who'd been through surrogacy. There was a lot of self-interrogation.
'If something happens to me, who's going to take care of my daughters? Is this an egotistical, selfish thing?' he recalled asking himself. 'I had to be sure it was the right thing to do.'
Now, he says, fatherhood is the focus of his life – a transformation made easier because he often works from home and can afford a full-time nanny.
That level of affluence is a virtual prerequisite for men pursuing the option of fatherhood via surrogacy.
'We tell people to budget $125,000 to $150,000 for a single baby, and $150,000 to $175,000 for twins,' said Stuart Bell, co-owner of Growing Generations.
Those figures include compensation of $8,000 to $10,000 for the egg donor, and at least $25,000 for the surrogate mother who gives birth after being impregnated with an implanted embryo.
Though male clients have the option of enlisting an egg donor on their own, Bell said most make their choice from a pool of women recruited by Growing Generations. The clients aren't told the names of the possible egg donors, but see videos of them and learn extensive details about their health, education and genetic history.
The process also entails psychological screening, plus detailed legal negotiations to minimize any chance that the egg donor or surrogate mother might claim parental rights.
'I say don't even think twice, just do it.There's no downside, if you really want a child'
By the time the process is done, the aspiring father's commitment is usually apparent, said Denise Bierly, a State College, Pennsylvania, attorney specializing in adoption and surrogacy law,
'With men especially, the process gets so well thought through,' she said. 'They go into this having talked about it with their friends, relatives. There's nothing spontaneous about it.'
Alan Bernstein, a dad raising three surrogacy-born children in Los Angeles, describes single parenting as "an insanely hard job" and also as deeply rewarding.
'It helps to be really passionate about it,' he said.
Bernstein, 48, is president of a property management company, able to adjust his working hours and also to afford an au pair who helps care for nine-year-old Isaac and seven-year-old twins Natalie and Naomi.
Like Trey Powell, Bernstein is gay and grew into adulthood never expecting that fatherhood would be a realistic and enticing option.
'When I came out in my early 20s, I felt it was a choice of leading an honest life but giving up on the idea of family,' he said.
'I'd always liked children - but for many years I didn't allowed myself to think about it. It seemed sad and inevitable that I wouldn't have any."
Though gays account for a substantial portion of Growing Generations' single-father clientele, it also caters to straight men, such as New York City lawyer Steven Harris, 58, whose six-year-old son, Ben, is about to start first grade.
'Everybody thinks you're real sensitive. "What a guy,"' Harris said. 'They don't realize it's fun and wonderful.'
He's had a few conversations with other men wondering whether to follow his example.
'I did not grasp the degree to which having children would be an impediment to dating. I remain optimistic I will find someone'
'I tell them, don't even think twice. Just do it,' he said. 'There's no downside, if you really want a child.'
State laws on surrogacy vary widely. Some states forbid commercial transactions, while California has a reputation as perhaps the most receptive state.
Worldwide, commercial surrogacy is banned in most countries, and two that do allow it - India and Ukraine - have decided not make it available to single men. As a result, Growing Generations' clientele of single men includes an increasing number of foreigners seeking the option of a safe, legal surrogacy.
Among them is Simon Taylor, a 50-year-old Briton who had a son via a surrogate birth in Arkansas last year, and is now working on arrangements to have a second child.
Taylor, a self-employed businessman in the insurance industry, said in an email that he had extensive discussions with family and friends about his decision, with the upshot being strong support once those close to him realized how serious he was.
His son, Cal, is now 15 months old. A nanny helps with child care, but Taylor says he strives to be a hands-on dad, coming home early from work twice a week, putting the baby to bed, and spending all weekend with him.
'My life has completely changed now that my son has been born and it is all around Cal,' Taylor wrote. Was Cal losing out by not having a mother around?
'I honestly cannot answer that,' said Taylor, adding that his sister, aunt and cousins were helping to provide 'plenty of female love and attention.'
Intentional single parenthood - whether sought by a man or woman - still draws some criticism from skeptics who say children fare best with a mix of masculine and feminine approaches to parenting. However, some academics who study families say the gender stereotypes of parenting are breaking down.
'More fathers are identifying parenthood as a key dimension of who they want to be'
'Fathers on average are more involved in their children's lives' than in the past, said University of Florida sociologist William Marsiglio. 'More fathers are identifying parenthood as a key dimension of who they want to be - not just being bread winner, but providing nurturing and caregiving.'
Diane Ehrensaft, a clinical psychologist in Oakland, California, says it's an outdated myth that men lack the inherent ability to be as nurturing a parent as women.
'The lack of warmth, attention and affection is what causes harm to children,' she said. 'No gender has a corner on the market for those three things.'
One thing single moms and single dads have in common: Parenthood can complicate the prospects of kindling a romance.
'I did not grasp the degree to which having three children would be an impediment to dating,' said Alan Bernstein, who does date occasionally when circumstances allow it and would like to forge a long-term relationship.
'That hasn't happened yet,' he said. 'I remain optimistic I will find someone who will want to be part of an awesome family.'
by Michael Mendelsohn (ABC NEWS) June 8, 2012
At a lavish baby shower outside of Boston, there was no pregnant mom in sight. The diaper genie and burp cloths were for a 45-year-old middle school principal named Peter Gordon.
Gordon has been dating and searching for Ms. Right for more than two decades, but hasn't found a wife. Yet, he badly wanted to start a family.
"I'm still hopeful," he said. "Some people are lucky in love. I haven't found luck yet. It's not for lack of trying."
Steven Harris, a 57-year-old lawyer from New York, found himself in the same predicament. He knew he wanted kids but didn't have someone to have them with and said he felt a "profound sadness" about 15 years ago.
"I really felt like I really was missing something," he said.
So Gordon and Harris, both heterosexual bachelors, made the decision to become dads on their own through surrogacy, using their sperm and a donor egg.
Gordon said he tried adoption before surrogacy but kept getting turned away.
"I called five different agencies and every one of them told me that either I would not be considered or that I would be at the bottom of the list because I was a single father," he said.
Harris said he too was rejected from adoption agencies.
"Who is going to give their kid to a 50-year-old bachelor living in SoHo, you know? I wouldn't," he said.
So both Gordon and Harris turned to surrogacy.
"I didn't want to wake up in five years when I'm over 50 and say, 'if you'd just kind of done this earlier, you might have been able to use the energy and be able to kind of give the time that you can give,'" Harris said.
Stephanie Scott, the executive director of Simple Surrogacy in Dallas, helped set up the arrangement between Gordon and 24-year-old Sara Eaton, the surrogate Gordon ended up choosing. Scott said more and more of her clients are single, heterosexual men.
"Over the last few years it's become the norm," she said.
But when Harris decided to go the surrogacy route, his mother was appalled.
"She said, 'Stevie, this is the worst thing that's ever happened to me," Harris said.
That is, until he introduced her to baby Ben, who was born with the help of in-virto fertilization and another surrogate. Today, Ben is a 5-year-old spitfire and Harris is a busy dad.
"I get him ready for school, I take him to school, then I go to work and the babysitter picks him up at 3, and I come home at 6 and she leaves, so it's really all me," he said.
Making a family this way is not cheap, especially for Gordon, who discovered he was having twins. Like most men in his situation, he was responsible for Eaton's medical bills.
"I'm looking at probably close to $85,000-$90,000," he said. "I'm 100 percent sure that I'm going to be able to make it work."
Both single dads acknowledge that their kids will have questions about their family situation one day. Harris said Ben has already started to ask him if he has a mother.
"I say 'there are all kinds of families. There are families with two daddies and two mommies and a daddy and a mommy and we're a kind of family with one daddy,' and that's fine for him now," he said.
Both Gordon and Harris said they still have high hopes of one day finding a spouse.
"Dating is a snap," Harris said. "Ben is a chick magnet."
"Definitely want a wife," Gordon said. "I definitely want that family, and a child on each arm, and walking to the park and a stroller with her and, I mean, who wouldn't? I just think for me that would be ideal."
But the wife will have to wait. Gordon's twins, Olivia and Noah, were born six months ago and this single dad could not have been happier.
"To have what I've been wanting for many, many years now is here," he said. "What an amazing miracle. It's just unbelievable."
By Nicholas Blincoe
Saturday 2 November 2013 04.30 EDT. Last modified on Thursday 22 May 2014 03.31 EDT.
As appearing in The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/02/men-single-dad-father-surrogacy-adoption
You're successful at work, happily single – and desperate to become a father. What happens when men get baby hunger? We meet the parents who have decided to go it alone through surrogacy or adoption.
Brian Tessier with his sons Bryce (left), seven, and Ben, 11: ‘I drive a people carrier. I live in the suburbs. That’s me. I love it, but I’m thinking about writing a book called My So-Called Alternative Life, because it’s all so normal’ Photograph: Webb Chappell for the Guardian Webb Chappell/Guardian
Joseph is five months old. He has dimpled arms, a bright smile and a shock of black hair that stands out against the snowy white bedspread he is lying on. He might be Hollywood's take on childhood – and Hollywood is pretty much where he came from. Joseph's father, Kit Ram, is a single man and Joseph was conceived with the help of a surrogacy agency based in Beverly Hills. Joseph snuggles into the crook of Kit's arm while Harry, the Guardian's photographer, perches above the bed on a chair. I sit in the window bay, my legs and head tucked out of shot. We are all the same age, Harry, Kit and me, just three men in their late 40s, going googly for a baby. In the next-door driveway, a mother chases after a child riding a tricycle. In the garden opposite, a climbing frame sits beside a weeping willow. There are children everywhere. Even Harry has a two-year-old toddler, and has proudly shown off the photographs. I am the odd one out, the sole childless man.
It gets worse. Joseph pushes his face into his dad's T-shirt, leaving Harry struggling to get his shot. He asks for help: can I get Joseph to look in my direction? I have no idea what interests a five-month-old baby, so I wave my arms and squawk like a wounded pterodactyl. Kit and Harry stare aghast. It would have been less embarrassing had my head revolved 360 degrees.
Shortly afterwards, I leave the room and go down to the garden. A familiar feeling of distress has sneaked up on me. It is not just the happy daddy scene in the bedroom, but the whole leafy suburban environment. Kit's semi-detached house stands on the kind of street I grew up on. A week earlier, I had interviewed Brian Tessier, another single man my age who had chosen to go it alone by adopting two boys, Ben and Bryce. We talked about our childhoods in the 60s and 70s. Brian told me, "Growing up was very much, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home. That's exactly what my family was like." Mine, too. My father read Treasure Island aloud and built a tank-like sledge out of welded steel that was a joyful menace in the snow. But he had the job and my mother stayed home. Fathers were never expected to do very much. They just had to be.
Back then, childless men aroused suspicion. There is a 1955 poem by Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket In California, that runs: "I saw you, Walt Whitman, childless, lonely old grubber, poking among the meats in the refrigerator and eyeing the grocery boys." I hope things have changed, but I am a child of a different age and perhaps I carry the old prejudices with me. The truth is, I feel out of place among family men.
Brian and Kit wanted children so much that they both ended long-term relationships with partners who didn't want a family. Brian is round, bearded and so relaxed he verges on the floppy. The home he shares with his boys could be the American version of Kit's, set in leafy Boston rather than Bedford. "I drive a people carrier. I live in the suburbs. That's me. I love it, but I'm thinking about writing a book called My So-Called Alternative Life, because it's all so normal." Brian was on the cusp of 40 when he decided to go it alone. That was eight years ago. He was a lawyer in a private practice, specialising in family law. He now works as a corporate lawyer ("The health benefits are good"). He has some help with his sons. "I've had male and female au pairs. The male applicants get picked last, but obviously I don't care. We're close to a Swedish boy who taught them to play football." Brian is gay and split from his partner when marriage became legal in Massachusetts: the change in status revealed their different priorities. His partner wanted to carry on partying, while Brian valued domesticity. "The hardest part of coming out in the 80s was knowing you would never have children." He expects to remain single a while longer. "Try telling a gay man you're the father of two boys. You will not believe how fast that man can run." Yet, he admits, "Part of me is glad, there is no threat from another parent."
A few months after the end of his relationship, Brian was out on a call as a family lawyer. An adoption had failed and a 10-month-old child was about to be taken into care. In the melee, the social workers asked Brian to hold the baby. "That was the moment that set off the biological clock," he says. "I even asked the social workers if I could take the child. I knew them. They knew me. They told me, 'You know that's not how it works, Brian.'" There is an obligatory 10-week course to become a licensed foster carer in the US, and Brian knew he would have to complete it before he would be considered for adoption. "I was on a road trip, staying at a B&B in Charleston run by a Unitarian minister. He and I talked in the mornings over the muffins and he asked me what I wanted. When I told him I wanted to be a father, he asked what was stopping me. I went right out into the parking lot and made a call."
Brian knew the system and expected that he would have to take an older, disadvantaged child. He didn't expect it to happen within weeks of finishing the course. He was at the airport waiting to board a plane for France when the call came. "I've still never been to France," Brian says. Ben was two years old but his developmental age was closer to nine months. "He didn't talk. He had his own language of grunts and other noises. He understood a few words of Spanish, but no English." Brian wondered what he was getting into. "I had a stuffed animal with me, and I sat in a corner and waited for him. He came over a few times, just touching me and running away. Then he came over, stroked my face and said, 'Daddy'. The social workers were in tears and I wanted to bawl, but I just about held it together."
A single man who wants to start a family on his own has two options, either adoption or surrogacy. The first British man to go it alone was Ian Mucklejohn, whose triplets – Lars, Piers and Ian – were born through surrogacy at a San Diego clinic in 2000. It is difficult to get figures on the number of men who have followed Ian and Kit's path. Natalie Gamble, a family lawyer based in London, blames government policy, which currently holds that surrogacy is such a serious undertaking it should be restricted to couples. "Men go abroad, and then they try to stay under the radar," she says. "There is no legal framework to support these fathers." At the Centre for Family Research at Cambridge University, Lucy Blake is in the process of setting up a study but admits "we know very little about these families". Gamble's law firm has helped 16 men over the past three years, six of them straight and 10 gay. "Information is anecdotal, but our perception is that it's definitely a growing trend," she says. Melissa Brisman, a US lawyer with her own surrogacy agency, Reproductive Possibilities, tells me she has helped 50 men in the US and UK over the past few years. Like Gamble, just over a third of her clients are straight men.
If celebrities are any pointer to long-term trends, we could be seeing more single fathers by choice. Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has a son, also called Cristiano, who was born in a San Diego clinic in June 2010. The singer Ricky Martin has twins, Matteo and Valentino, born in a Los Angeles clinic in 2008.
California clinics boast a success rate of 85%, as long as the egg donor is under 30 and the man's sperm is healthy. But this is not the key reason single fathers choose California. Under state law, the clinics must use two different women, an egg donor and a "gestational carrier", the woman who undergoes pregnancy. This division of labour effectively opens a grey area that allows the biological father to be named the sole legal guardian. The reason that agencies such as Reproductive Possibilities exist is to match egg donors and parents with the gestational carrier demanded by California law, as well as to keep all the contracts straight. British law does not yet accept this ruse. Natalie Gamble explains that the woman who gives birth is the legal parent in Britain, regardless of a Californian contract or DNA tests: "The situation gets even more complicated if the surrogate is married," she says. "Then her partner would have a strong claim to be the co-parent." In effect, the law encourages fathers to keep a low profile, which is why Gamble launched a campaign group, Brilliant Beginnings, to lobby for the rights of solo parents using surrogacy.
Kit remembers vividly the anxious experience of taking his baby son home from the US. "I made sure I was one of the first there, to beat the queue. I went up to the man with Joseph in my arms and showed him Joseph's American passport. He asked, 'Where's the mother?' I said, he was born through surrogacy and I have all the documents in this bag, so you can either hold the baby or hold the bag. He said, 'I'll hold the baby, please.'" Kit now faces the problem of getting Joseph registered as a UK citizen, a process that can take years, as Ian discovered.
Brian Tessier runs a helpline for prospective single fathers, 4114Dads. He warns that surrogacy has very high and often hidden costs. "The agencies quote $60,000-100,000, but it is often closer to $300,000." Kit kept a spreadsheet of his costs: "I recorded air fares, food, where we stayed and there was not much change out of 150 grand." I assume we are talking dollars. "No. Pounds."
The woman who gave birth to Joseph lives in rural Washington, and Kit paid for her flights from Seattle, her hotel bills while she rested after IVF, and all her hospital fees. Kit describes her as a farm girl. "She's quite a simple woman, but lovely." Egg donors, on the other hand, are supposed to be anonymous, although Kit knows more than he should. "She's a fairly well-known model and photographer, so, with the internet and everything, she couldn't remain so anonymous. She must also be quite business-minded, because she has sold a lot of eggs. Some fathers pay about a quarter of what I did. I decided to go for the best I could afford."
Kit sold his business to pay the fees. "I had a property management company, which I sold for half a million pounds." Like Brian, he also ended a long-term relationship with a partner who didn't want children, though in his case the ex still helps out. "He works with children, and he's been supportive. He just didn't want any of his own." Since becoming a dad, Kit has also fallen out with his older brother and sister. They had hoped he would help out his nephews and nieces after selling his business, Kit says. "My brother remarked that Joseph might be cute, but was a waste of money."
I don't have children because I am infertile, though these days that is only half a reason. There are so many options, so many ways around the problem. Like most childless couples, my wife and I have considered them all. Even with IVF, the possibility of conceiving a child diminishes rapidly in your 40s – not to mention the fact that standing in a hospital cupboard and masturbating into a plastic container eventually palls. We knew instinctively that egg donors and surrogacy were not for us. My brother has an adopted son, my much-loved nephew, so adoption was an attractive option. Brian is evangelical about it: "Men don't know they can do it. They are amazed when they're told they can adopt. I want to send a message to the average guy that they can be fathers. There are kids who need parents." It is possible for men in the UK to adopt – though a social worker tells me, on condition of anonymity, that the best route would be to become a foster carer first, and then to adopt. When we talked about adoption, my brother joked, "Of course, it takes a very special kind of person." We laughed, but ultimately we decided that he was right. We sensed that we might not be special enough.
It took me a long while to face up to never having children. Yet however much I regret it, I wonder if part of my problem is feeling that childlessness has left me on the outside of things. Brian tells me he was once playing with his boys on the beach when a man stopped to talk. "He asked if they were my sons, and when I said yes, he told me that he had wanted children, but that dream had died for him." I can relate to the story, but wonder if it is a story about a man who wants children? Or a story about someone who knows he is a little cut adrift from life?
My wife and I came to our decision together, of course. If you are a single parent, that responsibility is yours alone. If you are a single father and you opt for surrogacy, the freedom can seem limitless. Even the most infertile man can have his sperm sieved and graded until one is found that can withstand being injected into an egg. If necessary, the sperm can be surgically removed from the testes. Ian learned this on his return to California, six years after the birth of his boys, when he met a fellow father whose sons had been born from the same donor's eggs. He was shocked to find that his counterpart was over 80 years old. Ian's sons were born when he was 54, which most people would feel is old. It is old, but it is a lot younger than 80. "By looking at a distance at a situation like mine, I had seen the selfishness that is a huge part of surrogacy," he now says. "What I saw was not a pretty sight."
Brisman confirms that her clients tend to be quite mature. Gay men start surrogacy in their late 30s and older; straight men such as Ian tend to be 45 to 55. "What I find with single men, is one of two things," Brisman says. "Either they have been very successful in their careers and built businesses and they've not had time to meet anyone. Or they've had a very bad divorce and are afraid to get married and have their businesses threatened, or their custody threatened, and they would just prefer to go it alone. They know with surrogacy they won't have these issues." Brisman is convinced that the tendency of family courts to award custody to the mother is a key driver in the rise of heterosexual single fathers. For one father, however, the issue was more simple. US lawyer Steve Harris last year told Men's Health Magazine, "I wanted a family and now I have one. I don't have the need for a relationship. My son cost me $200,000. A wife would have cost me much more."
Here in the UK, Gamble is less sure that family law is an issue. "I don't think our thinking is as evolved on that issue. It's more a case of dads – like single mums – just deciding to crack on with it on their own." Brian Tessier, however, firmly agrees with Brisman. He is currently advising a New York stockbroker who called his helpline. "He's looked into custody arrangements and said, 'Why would I want any part of that?' Another guy I'm advising is in the process of adopting. He has a girlfriend with two children from a previous relationship, so the intention is to create a mixed family together. But he is adopting alone and he has no interest in giving up his parenting rights."
Listening to these stories of powerful financiers and businessmen starting families alone, one could be forgiven for imagining baby farms, run by batteries of nannies. Brisman sets me straight. "What you find is, the guys are so grateful, they are more involved than is traditional. They change diapers and do all the other things you just would never expect. They do it all." I believe her. Brian, Kit and Ian have all gone to these lengths, almost to extremes, not because they were more vainglorious or more ashamed of being childless. What they do have is an out-of-the-ordinary capacity to care for others.
Kit describes himself as the baby of his family. His mother was 46 when he was born. His brother was already 11 and his sisters were 16 and 17. His father died when he was only 10. After leaving school, Kit became a television dancer. "I danced on Top Of The Pops and The Word. When my mother had a fall, I returned to Bedford and stayed as she became more disabled. At first, I thought it was temporary and I would continue my career." He needed money, so took a job at a property management company. "After 11 weeks, I decided I could do the job better than them. I started out with £2.50. If I really knew what I was doing, it would never have happened. Sometimes it's better to plunge in."
In the last years of his mother's life, Kit would get up several times in the night to help her to her commode or bring her water. "Then I would bathe her and dress her before going into work." His mother was a matriarch, he says. "She was the glue that held the family together. When she died, I found my place in the family had gone, too. Instead of being at the centre of things, I became an afterthought." He describes himself as spoiled. He believes it was the sense that he had lost his place in his family that led him to want children of his own. Yet, as far as I can see, his willingness to be a carer is really the heart of his story.
Ian is also the child of elderly parents. His father suffered from dementia that required round-the-clock attention. Ian's life was circumscribed by his father's mood swings, violence and incapacity. Like Kit, he started a business that gave him the freedom to work around his parents' needs: a summer school, which celebrates its 40th birthday this year. Like Kit, he is the type of man who plunges in, and his story has the same distinctive blend of gentleness and steel. A sense of duty combined with a defiant do-it-yourself streak.
As Brian and I discuss our fathers, he brings it up to date. "My sister had her children first, and I saw my father playing with them. I mean, now he even cooks for his grandchildren. I don't remember him ever doing that." I often hear this from men my age, the discovery that fathers who were once cold and distant have evolved into warm and engaged grandparents. There are few things any of us can do to contribute simply to a better world. Caring for children is perhaps the only guaranteed route. I regret that I will never be a father myself, yet I take comfort knowing that what I am missing is this: being a real father, not simply an empty figurehead, a guy who has managed to squeeze out a kid or two. There are many other ways I can be a carer.
The bond that a father has with his children and children have with their father is a very special and important one. It is time for our society to recognize that mothers are not the only people who can be nurturers. Fathers can and do nurture their children as much as their mothers each and every day.
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