The fact is that no parent -- be it mom or dad -- should/can be all things at all times to his or her child.
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We as a culture have held fast to the idea that we need to protect the boundaries between male and female. This is wrong, and even dangerous. Instead, we need to be reframing the discussion, and asking: What makes a boy a boy?
The increasing fallibility and uncertain availability of XY-chromosome role models combines with the blurring of gender roles to raise a question: Does a male role model actually have to be a man?
Why is being a mother so hard? And why do we all harbor such emotionally corrosive fears that we aren't doing it right?
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