Hello from beautiful Montana:
Father's day will be here soon and there will be many young people who are sad they have no one in their lives to fill that role. Many of the families I work with on a regular basis in Montana and other areas are single head of household and struggling to make ends meet and keep the family afloat.
Each child needs adult direction and teaching in order to gain the life skills and confidence to become a contributing member of society. While it is ideal if the mom and dad are able to give this support and guidance, but often that is not the case.
Adults Needed to Mentor Young People
I have been blessed to become an "Auntie" to many people. Auntie has nothing to do with DNA or bloodlines or number of nieces and nephews. It is a title that is given to a wise and caring female adult who loves unconditionally and shares wisdom with others.
A young woman recently described the roles other supportive adults play in her life, she said "They are there when no one in my family can stand me. All they have to do is pat my back or smile and I know that I can make it."
DADS Are Important, Will You Be One?
Dedicated means with purpose and intention. It also means wholeheartedly devoted or committed to a goal, cause, or job
An adult is somebody who has reached the age of legal majority,
generally 18 years of age in the
United States. It can also mean that you are mature and so now are ready to help others mature.
Directing is a transitive verb to focus attention or concentrate activities on something to show the way.
Support is to keep something or somebody upright or in place, or
prevent something or somebody from falling.
Reach Out For Kids Who Need a DAD
I challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone and help children and youth to grow and develop life skills. Volunteer at a school or youth club if you have time. Referee at a ball game. Smile at the kid with the crazy hair and pierced lips. Say hello to the neighbor teenager who plays his music too loud and is rude to his mother.
I Have Confidence in You
We can't change the whole world, but we can change a child or youth's view of the world by being an adult who shows some kindness, respect and understanding. After all, isn't that what we all want from a dad?
Judy H. Wright aka Auntie Artichoke, family relationship author and keynote speaker