Will’s Thoughts – Men Becoming Real Men By Being Real Dads
It’s time for men to become real men by being real dads: This Father’s Day, ask yourself if you are simply a biological father, or a true Dad. For most men, being a Dad is the most rewarding experience they’ll ever know. But, we’re now living in a time and age when families worldwide face trouble, turmoil and unhappiness. The very foundation of the family is under tremendous stress and trauma. In the last 45 years, North America has become the world leader in fatherless families, and the result has been socially and economically devastating. It is now a known and accepted fact that fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, teen pregnancy and criminality.
Sadly, more than 75% of North American children are at risk because of paternal deprivation. Even in two-parent homes, fewer than 25% of young boys and girls experience an average of at least one hour of relatively one-on-one contact with their fathers per day. From the Grand Banks of the eastern seaboard, to the beauty of the western coast, there is one unmistakable lesson taught by history: communities that allow a large number of children to grow up in broken families, never acquiring a stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring a male’s set of expectations for the future or experiencing positive male role models, asks for, and gets, chaos, crime, violence, unrest and disorder.
Despite society’s reluctance to admit it, fathers (including step-fathers) are the foundations of families. True fathers lead by example, teaching children to have respect for each other, their families and the community at large. Ask yourself if your children will one day say, “The greatest gift that I ever had… was my dad”, or will they say, “My greatest regret was never really knowing my father”? Giving time and effort to your children, though it will often not be easy, will make a profound difference – not just in your children’s lives, but to the lives of all the people that they will come in contact with. There’s a heap more truth to that old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” than people know. Your love will make a difference.
Don’t cause your children to become victims of substance abuse and crime. Stand up and be a man! The time that you invest in your children today, will directly impact the course of human history, which at present ain’t doing well. Be a huge part of your children’s lives, publicly and at home. Don’t allow yourself to be a ‘weekend Dad’, or worse. Maybe your ex loves not having you around, but it is NOT okay with your children. They need you, want you and will always love you, whether you deserve it or not. I reckon it’s time to stop using broken relationships as excuses. This Father’s Day, do whatever it takes to stop your lack of time, love and attention from hurting your children. Be a true man. Protect, provide for and spend time with your children!
Will’s thoughts prove that everybody has opinions, but he has way more than he should. From dogs that won’t stop barking, to the antics of his spouse, ‘Crazy Lady’, Will’s Thoughts will make you smile.