Many years ago, I went to a store around Father’s Day and saw a sign that said: “Happy day of the dogs.” Although I’m not a father and never will be, because I’m a woman, I found that very offensive, and to date, I remember it with much regret. Father’s Day is neither a joke nor something to be taken lightly.
There are those who think that Father’s Day should not be celebrated because many fathers leave their children. While it is true that there are fathers who evade their responsibility, and do not raise their children, it is also true that there are many fathers who are self-sacrificing, strive to provide good education, to set a good example and to protect their children.
As long as we continue to think in a negative way about fathers, we will continue to perpetuate the idea that many fathers are irresponsible and that they will leave their children. To break this vicious circle, we have to recognize that as there are bad fathers, but there are also many good fathers who only want the best for their children.
We have to re-educate ourselves and change our attitude, be more positive when talking about fathers and especially show young men how to be responsible. This includes demonstrating how to treat important women in their lives (like their mother, sisters, cousins, etc.) so when they become husbands and parents they know how to have a healthy relationship with their spouse and how to be exemplary parents.