On this Father’s Day weekend, we want to salute dads, fathers, step dads, and other men who influence children.
In this pop culture that tends to trump traditional values, we are perplexed on every hand. Marriage and responsibility appears to be a thing of the past. We are now into “self” and doing things our way. Often times not thinking what’s best for the children in our charge. We spend most of our time trying to find ourselves. I suggest you are not lost. Perhaps you are scared of responsibility or failing your children. Children however, accept their parents with all their strengths and short comings. I would encourage dads to “just” be there for their children. The rewards are immeasurable.
Children, who grow up with an involved father, benefit in numerous ways:
· They have a better sense of self
· They are more goal oriented
· They get into less trouble with the police
· They tend not to get involved in gang activities
· They tend to be in better relationships
· Girls do not get pregnant as often as girls in fatherless home
· Children tend not to be in abusive relationships
· Children are less likely to commit suicide
· Studies show that families tend to benefit financially, emotionally and spiritually from dads presence. So dads, stay involve with your children. Spend quality time with them, set a good example, and respect the mother of your children, even when it is hard to do. Support your children even when you are not in their lives on a regular basis.
I encourage men to do some soul searching about your relationship with your children. If things are not right, you can fix it. Think of Bob the Builder, "Yes you can!"