As a single father of a beautiful nine year old, who has had either full or shared custody of my son since he was just a few months old, it is both frustrating and degrading to see that the only parenting magazines and web sites all entirely geared towards mothers. Fathers, especially single fathers, seem to treated like second class citizens in the courts and the social mind set when it comes to parenting, and I would hope that a magazine that is suppose to be about "Parenting" would involve both parents.
It was bad enough trying to find restaurants and truck stops that had changing stations in the men's room, especially when they offered it in the women's room. Or when people hear that I have full custody of my son the first question is what is wrong with the mother, or what did she do wrong? Is this question asked at single mothers?
I know this magazine is in the business to make money and cater to whatever market that can make them money, and unfortunately that is the mother, but do we as fathers have to be so blatantly ignored. There are some fathers who regard their children as a gift from God and know that they are the one reason they were put on this Earth. All I am asking is that we are given the same respect that a single mother does. Is that too much to ask?
Please incorporate more articles and self help advise for fathers, and not the drivel that is in this months issue -the only article in the father's section mind you - that is about a man that does not know what to do with the children when the mother is gone out of town.
I know what to expect on what kind of response I am going to get on this post, and I do know that there are too many fathers who believe that a check and one weekend a month constitutes fatherhood. But please understand that we are not all like that, and quit treating us as if we were.