Father's Day: Project good image of fathers to children – Duncan Williams

Founder of the Christian Action Faith Ministry, Archbishop Duncan Williams, has admonished mothers to avoid tarnishing the image of their husbands or ex-husbands to their children.

In a Father’s Day sermon delivered on Sunday, he said whatever image children have of their father will play an important part in how the children develop.

“For whatever reason, it looks like mothers always have a problem when it comes to managing their pain and they set up their kids and their kids become victims of their circumstances; they always try to poison their kids with their pain and their grief,” Duncan Williams said during his Father’s Day sermon.

As the world marks Fathers’ Day today, there are concerns that the euphoria associated with the day is nothing compared with Mother’s Day celebrations.

Some Ghanaians believe this could change if fathers spend more time at home, and especially with their children.

Archbishop Duncan Williams also said mothers have a crucial role to play in how fathers are perceived at home.

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“Mothers, especially women of faith, have to be very, very careful — if [they] love their kids — about what they tell them about their father,” he said.

Father’s Day was started by an American woman, Sonora Smart Dodd who was raised by her father after her mother died.

While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon with her father at the Central Methodist Church in 1909, she was concerned that no day was set aside to honour her civil war veteran father who raised her and five younger brothers alone.

Dodd wanted the celebration to be held on June 5, her father’s birthday, but planning difficulties pushed the first Father’s Day celebration to the 3rd Sunday in June of every year.

Story by Ghana |