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Why fathers leave

By DAVID BROOKS The New York Times

This article was published June 19, 2017 at 2:32 a.m.

Millions of poor children and teenagers grow up without their biological father, and often when you ask them about it, you hear a litany of male barbarism. You hear teens describe how their dad used to beat up their mom, how an absent father had five kids with different women and abandoned them all.

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Jfish says... June 19, 2017 at 7:44 a.m.

What about those guys that do this with more than one woman? Or the woman that does this with more than one guy? Education, not more money, is more than likely the answer.

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PopulistMom says... June 19, 2017 at 9:03 a.m.

JFish,

When men are educated and have decent jobs, they have more self esteem. While my husband never pulled his fair share of the work around the house, he always has been a good provider. Now, we have a 50s style marriage where he brings home the bacon and I take care of the house and kids and play politics. It was not what I dreamed of in my youth, but children change everything (or should).

Many have criticized Brooks for leaving his wife of many years for a much younger woman. I am glad that I married a man 9 years older than me. I'm also on a new health kick to get in top shape. I'm working out every day and am down 15 pounds with 15 to go.

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