The Spin Doctors’ song “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” was written by lead singer Chris Barron about his stepmother, whom he described as a ‘malignant narcissist’. He said “My stepmom told me I’d be a janitor… [so] I wrote a song about her. It’s been played on the radio three million times.”
27% of Americans 18 and older have cut off contact with a family member. Of the more than 1,300 people surveyed, 10% reported being estranged from a parent or child, 8% from a sibling and 9% from extended family members including cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, nieces and nephews.
In 2012 wanting a dad was the tenth highest requested Christmas gift by children in the UK.
In 1997 a Danish woman visiting New York City was arrested and strip-searched for leaving her baby in a stroller outside a restaurant while she and the baby’s father dined inside, a common practice in Denmark. She later sued the city and was awarded $66,000.
As a child Rihanna used to get headaches so frequent and severe that she had multiple CT scans and doctors thought she had a tumor. The headaches went away once her parents divorced.
In 2018, a middle school in Dallas organized an event called “Breakfast with Dads,” but saw that not all of the students have fathers or father figures to attend the event with. So, they put up a post on Facebook seeking around 50 volunteers. On the day of the event, 600 men showed up to help.
Nelson Mandela was adopted by the leader of the Thembu tribe after his father died in 1927. His adopted father, Jongintaba Dalindyebo, saw potential in him and helped encourage him to be a young leader in the tribe.
There was a 70 year study on over 70,000 children in Britain after WW2 on how to be a good parent. The most important factor is, don’t be poor. Other factors include listening, setting goals, exercise, and maintaining a bedtime.
When Miley Cyrus was younger, she was hired by her dad to pick up bras and panties thrown at him during his concerts. She was paid $10.
Martin Pistorius fell into a coma at age twelve. He was trapped in his body for 12 years. When he showed signs of recovery, his mother quit her job and worked with him for two years, teaching him to speak with a computer. He went on to get a degree, learn to drive, and get married.