So when the show rejected an 18-year-old girl who was having a sexual relationship with her father, there was only one person they could turn to - Steve Wilkos.
Recently the show aired a two-part story about a father - Morgan - and his biological daughter Britney, who reconnected through Myspace when she was 16 and started to have a relationship.
If you thought the story of a dad who takes his little girl out on a monthly ‘date’ is cute, then I’ve got news for you. In case you missed it, mum Caitlin Fladager posted a Facebook status about her husband taking their daughter on ‘dates’, writing: My husband decided once a month he will take our little girl out on a “date” where she gets all dressed up and gets taken out for cake and ice cream. He helped her pick out a dress for her to wear, got a little purse ready for her, held the door open for her, and made her feel like a princess. She will always know how she deserves to be treated because her dad sets such a high example.
And what’s more, it’s symptomatic of the poisonous ways that we treat male parenting.
I think that’s part of the reason we’ve never been close: We didn’t bond when I was ababy. My mom and my stepfather took a break because they were fighting so much and I cried the entire time he was gone. Near the end of the time my parents had joint custody of me I had a stepdad.
Did you have any contact with your father when you were a child? She asked me how I could miss someone I hadn’t been with for such a long time. My mom’s always picked the wrong guy out of the crowd and she’s had a couple of divorces. I missed him, which was weird because we didn’t have much of a relationship. He took good care of my mom but she went through one of her stages again, so it ended.
Britney explained to Steve Wilkos: 'I was 16 when I looked for him on Myspace.
My family members had kept us apart and I hadn't seen him since I was seven so I looked him up.
I know some fathers love these kinds of events, but I was fairly apprehensive about going. Because aside from perhaps family weddings, when do you ever get dressed up, buy your date flowers, and go dancing without there being some kind of romantic agenda on the table?
Taking your kid out for cake and ice cream in a cute outfit is the easy bit. Trying to wrestle a screaming toddler into a trolly so you can get a supermarket shop done before starting the school run? But it’s not just women who suffer from the idea of men ‘babysitting’ or taking their kids on ‘dates’ – it’s men too.
The idea that a dad is a secondary parent, that their contributions are sporadic treats rather than a constant influence?
There were a few uber-intense dads who seemed a little too emotional during some of the slow dances, but, largely, the night was, if not innocent, fairly innocuous.
Let me be clear—I would NEVER criticize a father for taking their child to a Daddy-Daughter Dance.
It’s demeaning, and it’s probably why only 14% of men are the full time childcare provider and only 11% take shared parental leave.
This attitude towards dads is all part of a culture which sees men stuck in a rut of pseudo masculinity.
offer a range of possible explanations for it, including a primordial feeling of always having “belonged” to the estranged relative, a sense of wanting to experience the bonding missed out on during childhood, or simply an overwhelming closeness based on similarities: like meeting a mate who was designed for you in a science lab.
Perhaps couples and notes that he’s only had a few father-daughter couples speak out, speculating that many of them fear that others will assume the daughter must have been abused in childhood (it should be said that when these unions lead to children, those children can face potentially serious difficulties as a result of the genetic implications of incest, even if some online communities downplay theseestrangement.
What was your family like when you were growing up?
My parents had me when they were 18 — they met in high school and I was conceived on prom night.