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Generations: Fathers — and mothers — need a little fun and relaxation too

Best friends forever are made at summer camp—and it gives parents a break. (Photo courtesy of Generations Foundation)

Best friends forever are made at summer camp—and it gives parents a break. (Photo courtesy of Generations Foundation)

With respect to Fathers Day and the role of men in general, I can’t help but reflect sadly that even as a young child, I had no grandfather figure with whom I could build memories.

Both my grandfathers died too early. However, I adored my father. As the sole breadwinner who worked long hours in those early years, he nevertheless was pleasantly involved in what my siblings and I accomplished.

According to the 2011 census, women in Canada with children under 6 represent 66.8 per cent of workforce, vs. 31.4 per cent in 1976, so moms expect more support and involvement from their husbands. Since divorce rates have risen, Statistics Canada confirms that in 2011 single-parent households led by men grew twice as fast as those led by women—one of the reasons is that fewer mothers have sole custody.

Because of a paradigm shift in social values, fathers connect with their children during the birth process, diapering and feeding, taking them to daycare, school and extracurricular activities.

As well, grandfathers now live longer and stay healthier, so they can enjoy time with their grandchildren. More people are rising to the challenge of raising their grandchildren.

In an ever-changing world, Generations Foundation assists single parents at the education level with daily food programs at school and after-school activities including homework, reading, physical activities and mentoring. Our summer camp sponsorship eases the pressure on single parents dads and fosters a productive family unit in the midst of growing economic uncertainty and demand for quality time.

We salute and honour our fathers and grandfathers—our heroes—who contribute enormously to their family achievements and their communities. generationsfoundation.com, 514–933-8585.

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