Oprah Winfrey and Iyanla Vanzant speak with single mothers raising fatherless sons, and help them to overcome the challenges of being an only parent.
After Tanya split with her ex, she was left to raise their two sons on her own. Tanya says she worries most about her 17-year-old son, L.J., who, she says, has shut down emotionally. Now, L.J. stands tall and reveals how he really feels about not having his father in his life.
There are approximately 10 million single mothers raising children in the United States, many of whom have unresolved issues with their exes. Iyanla Vanzant says there are three things every single mom should keep in mind when dealing with the father of her children.
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.
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.
During a special two-hour 'Oprah's Lifeclass,' Iyanla meets a fatherless son who isn't sure he wants a relationship with his father; however, he is a hundred percent sure he wants a relationship with his ideal vision of that man. Watch to find out why Iyanla says not to let the heartbreak of a little boy drive present-day relationships.
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.