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Fathers must be part of their children’s lives

Fr Dwight Merrick spoke on ‘The father relationship and the young male’.

Fathers are often viewed as being just the breadwinners but society needs to have a greater appreciation for the deep-rooted connection that a father could have with their children, says President of the Singles Fathers’ Association, Rhondall Feeles. He made this statement April 24 during a panel discussion on ‘Fathering’ held at the St Charles Borromeo Parish Hall, Tunapuna. The event was hosted by Tunapuna RC’s Ministry of Consolation (MOC) to address the issues among males in society.

Feeles shared his experiences when growing up with his mother in a single-parent household but said he can relate to the concept of “young males being trapped in their father’s skin”. He told those gathered, “A father needs to be a role model for his children so that they can mimic him and be proud of him.”

Feeles also urged single mothers to put aside the personal issues they may have with their children’s father and allow him to be a part of their children’s lives.

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