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Paul A. Nierengarten said in October 12th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Great review, Shaun. Do you think the relational part of Sowers’ book resonates with your experience?

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Shaun Tabatt said in October 12th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Paul,
Thank you for your feedback on my review of Fatherless Generation. My understanding is that you’re referring to this line in the review, “Through these stories, John illustrates the vast array of emotions experienced by the fatherless as well as the many personal and social problems (i.e. anger, depression, promiscuity, drug abuse, low self-esteem, etc.) they experience as well.” I think there are a lot of factors (i.e. home life, peer influences, personality, etc.) that affect the type of personal and social difficulties that may show up in the lives of fatherless children. For me the big challenges were with low self-esteem and fear.

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Paul A. Nierengarten said in October 13th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Thanks, Shaun. That makes lots of sense. Each environment would contribute to the issues faced. Do you think then that a male role-model/mentor would go a long way in changing the tide? Did you experience someone reaching out to you?

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Shaun Tabatt said in October 14th, 2010 at 5:33 am

Paul,

I believe that a dedicated mentor could go a long way in improving the situation. While I never had anybody formally mentoring me over an extended period of time, there were several men who took an interest in me and included me in their family activities. I’m grateful for this, because it gave me a glimpse of traditional family life. As I said in my review, there is also a need of mentors for men who grew up as fatherless children. When they become fathers themselves, they’re often making it up as they go.

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