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A good, good father

I have had opportunity to observe a variety of father/son and father/daughter interactions among shoppers that are revealing of attitudes between the young child and the father. I’ve seen lack of consideration on the part of a father to the needs of his child. For example, a father can walk much faster than a small child. Longer, more powerful legs can quickly put distance between the dad and the son or daughter. Yet dad does not slow down in consideration of his child’s limitations, but charges ahead as if alone. Little legs move as fast as they can, but have trouble keeping up. Other fathers note their child’s struggle, bend down to pick them up, then continue with their stride with child in their arm. Which father showed consideration for his child’s needs, and which expressed an isolating, distancing attitude towards his child?

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