Rebecca Hamilton at Public Catholic has a post about the importance of fathers that’s well worth reading. A brief excerpt:
Woody Allen has said that 90% of life is showing up. I think that more than 90% of being a father is being there. You don’t have to ride horses with your kids or break down engines to be a good dad, but you do need to be there. Share the one thing that is completely yours with your children: Share yourself. Teach them about men by being a safe and reliable man in their lives. Give them the gift of security by always being the dad on the beat, ready to protect and rescue them when they need it.
Do you need a father to be a good person? Clearly not, as many of the great people I look up to were raised largely by their mothers. But that is more a tribute to their amazing mothers than any proof that fathers are superfluous. If one parent who is there for you and loves you unconditionally is good, two can only be that much better.
Read the whole thing.