A Father’s Protection

That's My Teenage Son

There is an old legend regarding the Cherokee Indian youth’s Rite of Passage. When a boy is ready to become a man, the father takes his son into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a tree stump the entire night and not remove the blindfold until the [Read More...]

Boys and Elephants

A number of years ago there was a problem with the elephant herds on a game preserve in Africa.  Because they were protected, the herds were growing to such a size that they were destroying the countryside and even farm crops in a search for food.  The local experts decided that the way to control [Read More...]

Expectations Make the Man

Oftentimes the expectations we have for our children have a tendency to come to fruition.  With that in mind it is important we have high expectations for our boys.  We should strive to have them aspire to greatness.  Why not exhort them to aspire to greatness?  The rule of thumb in the business world is [Read More...]

Perpetuating the Cycle

Fatherless boys tend to follow in the footsteps modeled for them, perpetuating fatherlessness onto future generations.  Here is a fairly simple illustration of just one way this manifests itself using very broad generalizations.  When boys are raised only by women they grow up learning the communication style of women.  They use more words, they speak [Read More...]

Where Have All The Good Men Gone?

In her article in the Wall Street Journal, Kay S. Hymowitz comments that not so long ago, most young men by their late 20s had accomplished the milestones of adulthood by being married, having children and being financially independent.  Many young men today still live with their parents well into their 20s if not their [Read More...]

Anti Bullying Resources

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This month, I’ve been focusing on National Bullying Prevention Month. For me, this is a very personal cause. I’ve been bullied; I know how it feels. I know what it’s like to feel utterly powerless, to feel like there’s no one to turn to for help. Don’t expect bullied children to come to you and [Read More...]

A Culture Without Vision Perishes

A blind man once asked a wise man, “Is there anything worse than losing your eye sight?” The wise man replied, “Yes…losing your vision.” One of the most important character traits a leader possesses is vision.  As a culture we are losing our most valuable resource—male leadership.  We have lost our vision of what role [Read More...]

Why is National Bullying Prevention Month Important?

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Every month of the year is some kind of an “awareness month.” In fact, for any given month, multiple causes claim that month as a time to make people aware of a particular need, disease, condition, fact, etc. Unfortunately, because of the abundance of these dedicated times, very few actually are able to draw a [Read More...]


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