OK who is writing this blog and what’s it supposed to be about?
If you read the first post you will see that I am attempting to get dads from all over and all walks of life to help create a Manual for Dads. I will lead the conversation with personal insights and knowledge that I have gained as a son, father and grandfather. I will also draw on my more than thirty years experience as a producer of educational media which focused on parenting skill development and a host of other related topics. All this along with a dialog with readers will result in new insights and offer guidance and inspiration to other dads.
The content of my blog will be directed at men and be about men. That does not mean that we don’t want women readers to add to the dialog. Women as mothers and women as daughters have a lot to tell us, so we look forward to their contributions.
I will deal with the affective side of dadding, meaning the emotional side of things. My goal is not to teach how to diaper or secure a car seat. Yes, these are important to know, but there is plenty written about such things. We will deal with raising responsible kids who grow into responsible adults. We will talk about how to raise kids who are self-reliant and have self-control.
I will also stress your importance in your kids’ life. The way you live, how you interact with others is what children watch and learn from. I like to say, that no matter what they call you, you are the most important man in your kids’ life. You are their model of a man.
Here’s a little more depth on my professional background that led me to create The Manual for Dads:
I went to Bellarmine College and majored in Philosophy. Following that I attended UNC, Chapel Hill and got an MA in Communications with a minor in Philosophy. After grad school, I was employed by a CBS TV station in a major market. There I produced and directed programs and documentaries on social issues. Although I loved broadcasting, I felt drawn to starting a production company specializing in social issues programming.
That was in 1975. Since then I have produced hundreds of films, video and print materials that I hope have helped people lead richer, fuller lives. These programs are in schools around this country and in other parts of the world. I also produced programs on career management, stress management, alcohol and substance recovery, and much more.
In producing programs like this, I was able to draw from the expertise of many of the best minds available. Dr. Linda Albert a noted psychologist developed Cooperative Discipline and I worked with her on the video series Responsible Kids. I also worked with Dr. Sara Sparrow at Yale Child Studies Center on issues of early childhood development as well as other such topics. I learned so much from these and so many other leaders in the understanding of human development and behavior.
I want to keep contributing to help make this old world into a new one. My son Peter came up with the idea of a blog for dads. He led me through the process of getting things up and going, in spite of his demanding personal and professional duties. He has been generous with his time while showing me boundless love.
Please enter into this effort. I will not be able to reply to everyone, but your comments will be read and put to work for others.