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Reluctant father, eager dad
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte

Webster's lexicon defines fatherhood, simply, as the kinship relation between an offspring and the father. This view of paternity, however, subscribes to the traditional view of a family where a father has sired a kid with a spouse within the bounds of matrimony. This very boxed view of parenting has been broken by myriad dynamics of lone parenting in the 21st century.

While the Church mandates that children be born within wedlock, millions are still raised by single parents and those from legal adoption, as well as the technological phenomenon of in-vitro fertilization.

Others may have been raised by relatives of parents who may have perished in accidents or succumbed to fatal diseases, practically leaving their orphaned children at the mercy of kith and kin.

There are also cases wherein the resulting parents may have not planned child-bearing, but have been thrown into the position of reluctant father or mother after the progre…

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