Does a father’s relationship with his child depend on the father’s relationship with the mother? Among unmarried parents this seems to be so. Researchers examined the effect on a father’s contact with his biological children when one or both of the parents enters a new relationship. When the relationship between unmarried biological parents ends, the chances are very high that the father’s contact with his children will significantly decline. A mother’s new relationship has a greater effect than a new relationship for the father. For both parents the effect of a new relationship is greatest when the children are young.
“An Illinois man, Terry Bovee, sued the guidance counselor at his children’s school because she criticized his parenting methods and called him a “bad father.”
According to Bovee’s federal lawsuit, the counselor’s actions alienated his children’s affections and violated his fundamental constitutional liberty interest in familial relations…
The counselor, Claudia Broom, happens to be Bovee’s sister.
A federal district court dismissed Bovee’s suit.”
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“When fathers in heterosexual couples experience the transition to parenthood in ways that are structurally comparable to mothers, they come to think about and enact parenting in ways that are more similar to mothers. I consider the specific role played by extended time off immediately after the birth of a child in structuring that experience. By drawing fathers into the daily realities of child care, free of workplace constraints, extended time off provides the space necessary for fathers to develop the parenting skills and sense of responsibility that then allows them to be active co-parents rather than helpers to their female partners. “
Abstract: When Dad Stays Home Too Paternity Leave, Gender, and Parenting, Gender and Society
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