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Through sickness and through health, ‘till death do us part” In light of modern day, what is marriage? What does it mean? The Collins English Dictionary states under the heading of marriage: ‘The contract made by a man and a woman to live as husband and wife’. So, according to the dictionary marriage is supposed to be a relationship that joins a man and a woman together via a contract. A little farfetched, do you not think? By getting married you are just not signing a contract to get a spouse, but rather you are completing your world as you know it. From that moment your life changes- your spouse will be your partner, companion and your best friend. Today the world is seeing a new era where the father’s commitment is to his job and it is the role of the mother to do the traditionally set household chores- cooking, cleaning and caring for the children. When last did you see your dad help around the house? Can you even picture him away from his computer or television screen, with a feather duster in hand, tackling the newly spun cobwebs in the darkest corner of the garage? I did not think so either! Besides that, fathers are known to be emotionally aloof, and out of touch with their feelings, although they are physically present. They often have an attitude of “love me or hate me, I’m your dad and there is nothing you can do about it.” The father’s word is ever so often unquestioned, his decision final, and his influence dominant in all matters relating to family. It is either his way, or no way. In the past, research studies did not place much importance on the role of the father, and his influence on the development and growth of his child was reported as "insignificant". His role was seen as minor, or even negligible, and his importance was defined by how well he provided for the family. In more recent times we have seen fathers demanding an abortion of their unborn children or abandoning their families because they either cannot commit themselves to any form...
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