As someone who grew up in a fatherless home, I have first had experience of the impact this had on my own childhood. My mother worked full-time, and I was left unsupervised after school until she returned home. Sometimes I played for hours, and sometimes I proabably did my home work. However, I do know that I never felt any pressure to study harder, to produce better results in my exams. It was like my mother was happy that I just managed to pass each grade in school.

My own father was very strict. And I have vived memories of being scared of him and other people being scared of him as well. Around 2010 I lived with him and my brother in Johannesburg. My brother’s girlfriend was pregnant and eventually gave birth to a baby boy. Two weeks afterwards, my dad told him in no uncertain terms to get married or else.

Psychology Professor Dr. Jordan Peterson underlines the importance of the image of a father figure in a society full of fatherless homes. This figure is fragmented throughout society in friends, books, movies, sports and education. It is tough to grow up without an actual father and all families are certainly not equal.


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