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Fathers need to step up, be fathers

Published 12:02pm Friday, March 8, 2013

Dear Editor,

This is for fathers in the state and nation.

You need to find your comfort zone, and when you find it, get in it and be productive. I’m not a hater, so we won’t focus on wasting time looking back. We are moving forward, so fathers, get into your children’s lives.

Tell them how much you love them. Tell them you are here now and you want to be a part of their lives. Tell them it matters to you how they are doing in school. Ask them: how are your grades? Are you getting along with your teachers and classmates?

Let them know that you will come by the school and check on them. Tell them you want to play a big part in their lives, like taking them to play sports and spending free time together, as fathers and children do.

Say: I want to be a part of your growing up. I want you to be able to lean on me as your father because I care what happens to you. I want you to succeed in life, and you can count on me to be there.

Fathers, if you would step up and tell your children these words, that is all you need. The love is already there.

Arlean Wyckoff