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(Video) Oprah Talks Fatherhood, Plans to Talk Single Mothers

Posted by Vincent DiCaro

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May 9, 2013

“Part of [the problem is in] our culture. We talk about fathers almost solely as providers. If you look at the way the government treats fathers, we have the child support system for dads who aren't married to mom and the tax code for the rest of us.” —Roland C. Warren, Board Member, National Fatherhood Initiative   

That is how Roland explained, on Oprah’s LifeClass this past Sunday, why so many fathers in our nation walk away from their kids. Too many men, for a variety of reasons, including insufficient cultural norms, think that all they can contribute to their children is their wallets. So, when their “economics” aren’t right, they feel they have nothing to offer.  

But as Roland says in the below video, “good dads, provide, nurture, and guide.”  

Watch the video to see what this dad, Dwayne, said about why he left his family, and Roland’s response.  

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Tune in this Sunday for another episode of Oprah’s LifeClass, where Roland, Oprah, and Iyanla talk to single moms raising boys alone, and the various issues they face. The show will air Sunday, May 12, at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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