The young man in this story is actually my grandson. As a single father, he had the best of intentions but little knowledge. The resource suggested was a big help to him.
My great grandson is now a happy, well-educated and content little guy who is the pride of both of his parents. Hear the resources suggested to his dad and pass the word along to any young father who is being celebrated today. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads.
Consider This Show – Responsible Fatherhood
I talked with a young father after the last show we did on dads. He was a sincere young man with a son less than a year old.
He confessed that he didn’t know how to be a father. He was not sure what was expected of him. His model for fatherhood in his own life was not good. He wanted to be sure he would not fall into the mold of the father he grew up with.
I referred him to a website. Fatherhood.gov.
Although mothers have created many means of getting together and sharing problems and solutions, historically fathers have not.
The slogan on the website – Take time to be a dad today. It’s a clearing house for responsible fatherhood.
President Obama called for a national initiative to endorse and support responsible fatherhood.
The call was answered! There are now chat rooms and local groups of fathers who get together to discuss how to balance work and family life.
The website is a good addition – it’s www.fatherhood.gov.
For those who don’t reach out for help, the best advice is to be patient. Listen. Pay attention to what your kids are trying to tell you. Be responsive. You don’t have to be their best friend.
Just be a loving, caring dad who is there and who keeps his promises.