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  • #16
    Emotional needs

    On Fri, 03 Sep 2004 08:31:40 GMT, Amy Lou
    <[email protected]> wrote:
    "Tony Miller" <[email protected]> >
    That's right. He's a guy. His job is to teach self reliance and self sufficiency.
    What if I wasn't around anymore and he had to be both mother and father? Do you think your average bloke would try to be more 'maternal' in those circumstances?
    No. That's why a child needs both a mother (woman) and a father (man).

    -Tony

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    • #17
      Emotional needs

      in article [email protected], Tony Miller at
      [email protected] wrote on 9/3/04 7:00 AM:
      On Fri, 03 Sep 2004 08:31:40 GMT, Amy Lou <[email protected]> wrote:
      "Tony Miller" <[email protected]> >
      That's right. He's a guy. His job is to teach self reliance and self sufficiency.
      What if I wasn't around anymore and he had to be both mother and father? Do you think your average bloke would try to be more 'maternal' in those circumstances?
      No. That's why a child needs both a mother (woman) and a father (man). -Tony
      You know, it's your job as a *parent* to consider this issue from a
      worst-case perspective. Aside from the obvious, what happens if your wife is
      killed very suddenly in a car accident, here's another scenario: my brother
      has a pre-teen child. His wife has breast cancer. She has to have the
      mastectomy, the chemotherapy, and the radiation treatment.

      If through that she was to become emotionally unavailable, how do you dust
      off that child and tell him/her to suck it up and stop crying? How do you
      deal with it yourself, while dealing it with the children?

      Parenting is fraught with such possibilities - if people don't have the
      emotional tools to be both parents, at least for the times when it's needed
      the most, then they ought not to be one.

      M.

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