Dating a man who grew up without a father

According to FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute, "Only 46 percent of American 15- to 17-year-olds were raised with both their biological parents married to one another since before or around the time of their birth." A culture in which divorce, infidelity, promiscuity, and cohabitation are prevalent invariably affects the way men relate to women.

Put simply, boys without dads have a tougher time learning to be and act like men.

I've held on to the fear of the unknown for all of my life, and I'm ready to let it go.

I have to be okay with not knowing the whys, the hows and the whos.

I have to come to terms with the fact that whether he comes back or not, I will be okay.

If you have a relationship/dating question I can help answer, you can send me your letters at My father lost his job about four years ago and spent the next two years putting out expensive personal fires my half-sister created in her life and supporting her and her boyfriend financially.

Girls might well grow up faster than boys do, but that's no excuse for men to keep acting like morally illiterate boys.

And to help them, mature adult Christian men need to take their parts, in their homes and churches and communities.

When sex is placed on roughly the same level of importance as choosing between a cheeseburger and a taco, women are objectified and relationships with them – enduring, loving, respectful relationships between men and women made in the image and likeness of God – erode into one-night stands, hook-ups, and late night binges in pornography or worse.

Is it then any wonder that, according to a new Pew Research study, "Millennials have …

Committed and responsible fathering during infancy and early childhood contributes emotional security, curiosity, and math and verbal skills."Boys raised by men who are committed and faithful to their wives and show them consistent affection and respect; who demonstrate love for and interest in their sons; who discipline those sons wisely; and who simply spend ample time, the greatest of all gifts, with their boys, produce sons whose confidence, self-restraint, curiosity, kindness, and sense of responsibility prepare them well not only for life generally but marriage specifically.

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