I could not help but be touched by the article titled “A product of their upbringing” (The Witness, January 29). I come from a single-parent household. My mother raised me and is still raising me, although I now have a son of my own. I worry endlessly as to how my son will turn out. I wish child rearing came with a self-help book or clear indicators of what you should do. Children act out for different reasons and divorce has been cited as one of them. My parents were divorced when I was about seven years old. I have clear memories of my father beating my mother but, strangely enough, I do not remember him ever being a father.