Roland Warren of the National Fatherhood Initiative says there is one way single mothers can ensure financial assistance from an ex. Watch as Roland shares crucial advice. Plus, find out why Roland and Iyanla Vanzant say the heart is the key.
Kim, the single mother of a 6-year-old son, admits that she makes up excuses for her son's father whenever he doesn't call or disappoints their son. Watch as Iyanla Vanzant and Roland Warren, board member of the National Fatherhood Initiative, explain why you can't love someone without being truthful with him. Plus, Roland lays out the three things that all good fathers do.
Tara says that like many single moms in America, she tries to be both the mother and father to her two sons. Despite Tara's best efforts, Jordan, her 21-year-old son, says his mom can't teach him how to be a man, but she can teach him how to love. Watch as Jordan shares a powerful personal revelation.
Bobby grew up on the West Side of Chicago without a father. While his mother worked, Bobby says, he got into drugs, became involved with gangs and eventually ended up in prison. Looking back, Bobby believes having a father would have made a big difference in his life. Iyanla has one important lesson for Bobby and other fatherless sons: 'You didn't do anything wrong.' Watch as Iyanla explains why men like Bobby must stop telling themselves the what-if stories about how their lives would have been different with a father.
Iyanla Vanzant and Oprah are speaking to an audience of 150 men who grew up without fathers. One man says he became a sudden father on Christmas, when his 17-year-old nephew was delivered to his door with his bed, his clothes and $10. Now that he's a father, he wants to know if he's raising his nephew right. Find out what Iyanla has to say about raising sons when a man has never had a father.
Kyle grew up not knowing who his father was. When he finally met him, while attending college, Kyle says, his father didn't want anything to do with him. Since then, he says, his relationships with other people have been affected, and he feels that he's not "good enough." Watch what happens when Iyanla asks Kyle what he wants his father to know about him, and what he wants his father to know about how he broke Kyle's heart.
Why do men leave their children? Oprah wanted to hear from a father who admits to walking away from his. Watch as an audience member named Dwayne explains why he stayed away because he wasn't the man he wanted to be for them. Plus, see how Dwayne helps a fatherless son find some peace.
Justin's father is now back in his life, and he is trying to determine how much of a relationship he wants with him. His question for Iyanla and Oprah now is this: If he doesn't want a relationship with his father, is it fair to his children to cut those ties as well? Find out why Iyanla says he can't control the relationships other people have. Plus, watch what happens when Iyanla walks Justin through a traumatic memory and helps him realize he is no longer a helpless child.
It's the topic Iyanla Vanzant says she's most wanted to tackle on 'Oprah's Lifeclass.' According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 24 million children are living in homes without their biological fathers. Now, with the help of Roland Warren from the National Fatherhood Initiative, Oprah and Iyanla are starting a national conversation. Watch to find out the role a father should play in his son's life, and hear why Roland says fatherless sons are left with a 'hole in their soul the size of their father.'
Dwayne is a father who walked away from his family because he didn't feel he was the man he wanted to be for them. To make amends, Iyanla Vanzant says he needs to stop living in his head and connect with his heart. Watch as Iyanla uses a powerful exercise to help Dwayne reconcile his situation.