Can a kid grow up to be a healthy and productive citizen without a dad? Sure,despite the claptrap which is all too easily tossed around in this discussion. But I suspect even those many many kids who do well would prefer it were not so.
I remember my dad each and every day. He was a hard-working and gentle-hearted man who didn't waste time with demonstrations of affection. But I don't ever remember thinking he never loved me, even when we made him angry. That love was just part of the fabric of the home, as constant and immediate and refreshing as the water in the well and the food on the table. I am lucky to have known him.