I wrote a post a few months ago called “Be a Courageous Dad” and I got the following question in my comments section from nickvanval.
“Great post! What made you write this?”
At that time I gave the following response.
“Children today are getting away with too much and getting into trouble more often. Majority of people that are in prison didn’t have a father or had a father that didn’t really do anything in the family so they got there fathering from someone else.
Having a strong father presence in a family allows kids to be raised and taught values, ethics, and just how to be a father. The bible has taught me as well as a couple other blogs on how to start being a Courageous Dad.”
I want to go a little bit deeper on my response and decided to turn it into a post on my blog. I do believe that kids do get away with too much than when we were kids. It seems we are hearing how kids bully kids and also how they are committing more crime on the television and in the papers more frequently than in the past. This is a trend that is growing more as the economy is still in the toilet. The question is why this is happening.
I read several sources report that they did a survey in prisons to see why inmates commit crimes and got some results that was shocking to me. Majority of the inmates didn’t have a father figure or a father in their lives growing up. This was because they are in a single parent family or their fathers were always way from the house due to work or other issues. Without a father figure in the family, the kids turn to other people to be that father figure and majority of these people don’t have the kid’s best interest in mind.
Having a strong father presence in a family allows kids to be raised and taught values, ethics, and just how to be a leader and father in their families. This is a big problem that some people or groups of people are trying to fix by teaching fathers to be good fathers to their children. Mark Merrill President of Family First, AllProDad with Tony Dungy, fatherhood.org, and Fathers.com are just a small list of people or groups that can help men become great leaders in their families.
I highly recommend reading a book called “All Pro Dad: Seven Essentials to be a Hero to Your Kids” by Mark Merrill to start with. Why this book? Because I’m currently reading this book and getting a lot of good and helpful information from it. I really enjoy reading this book and I’ll let you know more after I finished it.
Here is a link for more information about Mark Merrill’s book.
My New Book – All Pro Dad: Seven Essentials to be a Hero to Your Kids « Mark’s Blog.