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So, what is the purpose of men in modern families?

There are several Op-Ed debate in the New York Times asking, or attempting to answer, this question.
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/06/03/what-are-fathers-for?hp

"In almost half the American households with children, mothers are the sole or primary breadwinners. This victory for working women shows evolving family economics — or maybe, two very different types of families.

So what is the purpose of men in modern families? We’re approaching the holiday that celebrates dads, but do fathers bring anything unique to the table?"

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    Jun 16 2013: Happy Father's Day to all the fathers!!
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      Jun 16 2013: Thank you, but one of the points I was going to make in my closing statement, but will add here, is that men are more than just fathers. Many of the comments here have been presented from that perspective, as was the Op-Ed pieces, But I will suggest that men have a vital role to play as sons, brothers, uncles, and grandfathers in the moderen family. This is especially true in households with single mothers as the primary breadwinner.
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        Jun 16 2013: VITAL is the key word. And on the fact that "men have a vital role to play as sons, brothers, uncles, and grandfathers in the modern family.. This is especially true in households with single mothers as the primary breadwinner" ; I agree with you 100%. I hope you will reach many with your closing statement. One thing that this world desperately needs is great wise men such as yourself, who can mentor the younger generation of men. The challenge is the blind spots in the young created by the extreme arrogance of the untamed ego causing them to miss out on the opportunity to collect the pearls of wisdom, offered by the seasoned man.Thank you for a great question.
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        Jun 17 2013: I think that many times the sons and brothers and uncles and grandfathers step back from taking an active role in families with a father figure.

        And there are families without other male figures except a father....growing up, that was my family.
        No uncles, or brothers, or grandfathers.

        So, now that I have my own family, and finally I have all kinds of males in it, I am trying to weave all the male figures together for the enrichment of our family. But it is tough Theodore....it is very tough.

        Your conversation has been wonderful.
        I have enjoyed reading and participating in it.
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      Jun 17 2013: Happy Father's Day to ME!

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