ANSWERS: 31
  • No, I don't think so. I have friends of the same sex with children and there's been no problems now or when they were growing up without a male figure...
  • What's more crucial than simply having a man around is that is has to be a positive father-figure. Children need the balance that can be ofered by more than just one parent (of either sex).
  • No I do not think it is crucial to have a man around. A good man would be a good thing I grew up without a Father figure in the home. My Father was in the background ,I cannot say I missed him.
  • I would say yes, provided the father is a good influence.
  • It is important for children to have positive influences and a loving home environment. The gender of the individuals providing that environment is of no consequence. A child with a loving grandmother is WAY better off than a kid with two abusive or neglectful parents.
  • Yes, I think so.
  • Definatly, I know the studies have proven it and the numbers sure show the bad effects of it when most of them go straight to jail or some other negative thing occurs. So if your a single lady find a man ASAP a reliable lovin man who will treat you and your child right, even if you divorce him or split he should still be a man and keep in major touch with the child.
  • I believe it is best to have both, Mother & Father figures. I know that in today's world, it is becoming very rare to have both. And that's a sad thing to see. I do tho give praises to those who have had to bring up their children on their own. I know a FRIEND who's Mother had to bring him up mostly on her own. And it was not easy. But he turned out OK. But if you asked him how life was back then. He would tell you how painful it was, growing up without a true Father figure.......His name is "Charles Stanley". And he's not to hard to track down. If you get time. Have a talk with him. For he is a Great Person to get to know.....................+5 for your question. M.C.S.
  • I believe that men and women each teach valuable lessons to children and the exposure to adults of each sex is important. I don't believe that that adult has to be the parent but could be a trusted relative Aunt/Uncle close personnel friend of the family etc. As parents we become very narrow minded and often fail to see the big picture, the perspective of another adult of the opposite sex may be what is needed.
  • I think a bad father figure is worse than no father figure.
  • Not hard to get a father figure to be around. A grandpa, brother, neighbor, friend can all fit in for the real father being absent.
  • It all depends on what kind of father he is, what if he justs wants to be there, to get closer to you? You would have to know him REALLY well.
  • It is if you want them to be a well balanced person when they grow up.
  • I think it is important that they have a good role model in their life if they cannot have their father. (which in some cases isn't a good role model)There are some good programs out there in the Big Sister, Big Brother programs put on by the Y. I am unsure where you live but you can check with the school to see what programs are available. There are boy scouts etc... as an alternative as well.
  • hell to the yes -- it doesn't have to be the blood father, but every kid should have a male figure to kick them in the ass when needed boys need men to teach them how to be good men -- women can't so it, sorry
  • it is crucial as long as they treat them right and are good role models.
  • ABSOLUTELY NOT !! My drunkard , womanizing father was NEVER around .... Finally; my mother wised up and kicked his azz to the curb ... got a divorce. Parents / Couples should NOT stay together in a loveless marriage or living arrangement just for the kids .. The kids will see the arguing , fighting, violence etc ... and that causes them tremendous mental and emotional problems ... My point is my father was NEVER around or was never a "dad" and I turned out fairly well , even if I do say so myself.
  • I'm doin just fine, thank you very much! :)
  • i dont know why dont ya ask any kid who never had one. and yes they can succeed without one but id be willing to bet given the chance theyd change it all if they could.
  • A child won't fall over dead without a father-figure -- or a mother-figure for that matter, but ideally, a child benefits immensely from having parents of both sexes contributing positive parenting role models.
  • In an ideal world, a child need both a mother and father figure.However, I did not have a father-figure growing up and my siblings and I turned out okay. It can be hard growing up,but life is about choices.
  • Although it may not be obvious, lacking a father figure can be incredibly detrimental to the development of a child's character--male or female. I was lucky enough to have father-figures in my life, although not always my father. As great as those men have been to me, it just isn't the same. When I really think about it, I definitely have "daddy-issues" because of that.
  • I think it is as long as it is a loving, caring father. Girls need their fathers to support them and encourage them and give them a good role model on men. Boys need their fathers to do the same and to model how to treat women.
  • well if he is around then yes...but again depends on how much care, love and attention you both can give or just yourself and unit around you. the one thing child needs is attention and love and not forgetting financial back up because a child nowadays wants everything on the market.... but that is a only a bonus!!!!
  • I don't believe it is crucial, but it is preferred as lack of a father figure does cause some problems for some people. A good example is the young girl marrying someone old enough to be the father figure she lacked growing up.
  • I think it is very beneficiary for a child to also have a father figure.
  • no, not crucial, but i guess it couldnt hurt.
  • I have a father-figure around but sometimes I feel as though I'd do better without him. He has a very bad attitude and outlook on life and it really brings me down a lot. But that's just me and my thoughts.
  • Yes, if it is a positive figure. No figure is likely to be better than bad figure. But, be aware, a child will seek and find some male to use as a pattern to form their value system. This is true for a boy, looking to see how a MAN is suppost to behave. A girl too, needs a father figure, in order to get some idea of what a husband is suppost to be.
  • I think it is important, but not crucial. I do think its crucial to have a mother or mother-figure around though. My dad was around growing up, but he never had much to do with us kids. I can't say that I suffered because of it though.
  • I think so, so there's some balance. I can't imagine growing up without my dad there. However, it's not 100% nessecary, look at all the amazing people who grew up with single mothers!

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