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Maria Kefalas is a sociologist who studies marriage and family issues. She is a self-identified feminist who has co-authored a book called, Promises I can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage. Her research has shown that few things hamper a child as much as not having a father at home. “Women always tell me, ‘I can be a mother and a father to a child,’ but it’s not true.” Growing up without a father has a deep psychological effect on a child. “The mom may not need that man,” Kefalas says, “but her children still do.”

In a culture that is marginalizing fathers, this is an important message. Fathers need to be more than sperm donors and become actively involved in the lives of their children.

-- Time, July 13, 2009. P. 47 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Exodus 20:12 (NLT) “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

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