The Role Of Fathers Is A Complex One

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The role of fathers is a complex one. Even though at some point in history fathers became uninvolved in theirs children’s lives, modern-day fathers are seeking to be present for their children, and today there are still some stigmas from the past that fathers have to deal with. Colonial father were more involved than industrialized fathers did; however, there pattern changed and nowadays there are diverse types of fatherhood.
During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, those who provided the caretaking at home were the colonial mothers. (Hansen 351). However, fathers had the responsibility to influence their children through childhood to adolescence; the father was considered the “ultimate source of moral teaching” or “the moral pedagogue” (Hansen 352). According to Lindsey, colonial fathers were expected to provide their children with moral and spiritual development, not only provide the economic needs. Fathers were in charge of many areas of the lives of their children, such as the children’s moral and religious education, teach them how to read and write, guide them in their occupational life, find them a match, and once married provide them property (Hansen 352). These were many responsibilities that fathers took care of which were central to the father-child relationship. It appears that the formation of the younger generations relied on the fathers instead of the mothers, while the latest took care of the children during early childhood. After that they had…
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