We frequently hear criticism about fathers—they’re not “present,” they’re “hands-off,” and they need to “step up.” Many times these are valid criticisms, but they aren’t truly constructive unless we offer assistance and solutions.
How can fathers who are—by and large—getting it right, help fathers who are aren’t getting it quite as right? What advice can you offer to a fellow Dad who is hearing the criticisms listed above?
What drives men to be hands-off or absent? Is it fear of failure? Lack of desire to be a parent? Something else?
What do we mean when we say fully present? In what ways do we need fathers to be present? Physically? Emotionally? Spiritually?
Do men feel similar pressures as women when it comes to parenting? Do they have similar fears? Do these pressures and fears affect men and women differently? Is there something we can learn about dealing with them from the opposite sex?
Are there double standards when it comes to men and women as parents? How do these double standards affect men?
As a man and a father, where do you look for role models and assistance? Are your own male relatives good role models? What are some other sources of quality mentors?
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