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Fatherhood Friday TD Jakes

Fatherhood Friday with the good Bishop T.D. Jakes, father of five, movie producer and chief pastor at the megachurch, The Potter’s House.


“… Being a father is a painful process.  Being there and standing there and not running because you’re tired, and not running because you want to quit, and not running because you’re not happy every day means there’re going to be some pins stuck in you.  But somebody has to, having done all to stand, stand there anyway and go through the painful process of rebuilding our families.” – T.D. Jakes

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Following Ralph Nader to the Dinner Table

Read this with an open mind with a keen eye on the parenting aspect. I was watching the documentary on Ralph Nader, “An Unreasonable Man” and something really stood out to me that had nothing to do with his beliefs, Nader-unreasonable-manconspiracy theories, the Green Party or “Nader’s Raiders.”  Instead, what grabbed me was how when he was in grade school his father would give he and his siblings a problem to solve each day.  They would have the day to think and come together to discuss answers over dinner.

I thought this is great way to help scuplt young minds and make critical thinking fun.  Also it could help my children understand that nothing is set in stone, and to seek their own solutions to problems.

A great line from the movie was when Nader’s father asked him: “Well, Ralph, what did you learn in school today? Did you learn how to believe or did you learn how to think?”

As a parent, I want my kids to be thinkers.  I want them to know that their thoughts could one day change the world, so it starts now.  It starts at the dinner table, it starts in the car, it starts with me listening, and reassuring them that no answer is wrong as long as their can support their view. Encourage them to have their own views and not be shy about expressing them.

I decided to try this problem-solving scenario out on my three little ones (7-9 years old).  We were dealing with the hot topic of bullying. It was in the news with the Incognito- Martin NFL scandal and my eldest daughter was facing a bit of bullying in her classroom. My questions to the kids, “If you were in charge of your own school, what would you do about bullying and what rules might you put in place to stop that behavior?”  I asked them during the ride to school and informed them they had until dinner to think of their answer.

The first day, they all forgot to think about the question but the next day they came to the table with solutions.  They even took the time to name their school’s; “Kurios University” and “Ipod Touch 5 Generation Charter School” which sounded vaguely like items on their Christmas list. Subtlety is not a quality my kids possess.

The solutions they presented were similar to what was already in place in there school.  I encouraged them to think outside of the box, so we began to brainstorm at the dinner table.  I told them nothing was off limits or too outrageous, aside from jail or murder, of course.  My kids are a happy and loving bunch, so it didn’t go too far but it got them thinking.  Most important they were left feeling their opinion mattered.  All in all the experiment was a success.

Nader never had kids and likely never will. but what he shared from his upbringing in the documentary will help me rear my kids.  As a single parent I need all the help I can get. Thanks Ralph, you are not so unreasonable after all.

Below is the full documentary if you would like to watch it.  Well done. Also learn some of the good Nader has done; without him cars might not have seatbelts or any safety features for that matter.  Enjoy.

NBA Star Scores TV Show About Single Dad

Propelled by the sucess of his book, “A Father First,” Dwayne Wade will soon be turning his real life single dad story into a sitcom.  ”Three The Hard Way,” will be the story of an NBA star who gets full custody of his two young sons will be loosely based on Wade and produced by his production company.  He has already sold it, so it is definitely in the works.  NBA Star TV 

Wade want his show to be a mixture of comedy and life lessons like the “Cosby Show” was for so much of my generation.

Keep pushing the envelope and the fatherhood movement.  We need more images of fathers and single ones for sure. #DadsRule

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Fatherhood Friday Taye Diggs

With the release of  the new movie “The Best Man Holiday,” we spotlight Taye Diggs and his son Walker Nathaniel Diggs.

“Dads might not have the physical gift of growing a baby, but sometimes we have instincts. Let us run with them!” – Taye Diggs

“Just sit back and give us time. We’re not stupid, and we’re going to figure it out, one dirty diaper at a time.” – Taye Diggs

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Check out Taye Diggs’ children’s book, Chocolate Me! 




Fatherhood Friday Steve McQueen

This Fatherhood Friday we roll with the “King of Cool” Steve McQueen.  The touted bad boy of film was the father to Terry (daughter) and Chad (son).

“I want to get rich and fat and watch my kids grow.” Steve McQueen

All but the FAT part LOL >> #DadsRule  #FatherhoodFriday

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Fatherhood Friday Quincy Jones

Fatherhood Friday with “The Dude” Quincy Delight Jones, Jr.  He has worked with Frank Sinatra and made Michael Jackson into the King of POP.  Most important is his impact in his personal life.  Jones has five mothers, three wives and all in all, seven children!

“GREATNESS occurs when your children love you …” Quincy Jones

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