If you have some habits that are not conducive to your good health, continuing to engage in them is not in the best interest of your children.
. 2. Protect Your Family
This in one of the main responsibilities of being a Dad. Start with safety.
Teach them good safety habits, and set a good example by using your seatbelt, school them on respecting fire and water, and the perils of drug and alcohol.
Protect them financially by obtaining and maintaining health and dental benefits. Never hand Mom out to dry.
3. Spend Ample Time With Your Children
We all come home from work tired and looking to relax. And no one expects you to head out to the backyard or park for a game of touch football or hide and seek.
But you can have dinner together and discuss their day.
Or watch a family TV show together.
Ask to see or help them with homework.
Or just have talk hour. Be sure and tell them about your day (kids find some of the mundane characters and situations you encounter amusing). Make Thursday night Pizza night (Mom will love this too) Have pizza delivered, pop in a movie and enjoy. Even better go out for pizza….if it’s nice weather and the restaurant is close, walk together.
If you are not in the same household, you can still have quality time outside of the prearranged visits.
First of all, let me be clear that I applaud anyone that attempts to offer up solutions to stop this bloodletting and death that is resulting from interactions between law enforcement and African-Americans.
The problem I do have with some of these ideas and solutions is they tend to somehow put the responsibility of staying out of harms way on the citizen by suggesting they make certain concessions and capitulations other ethnic groups never have to do. Those suggestions alone underscore the glaring fact that there is something larger looming when it comes to law enforcement’s attitudes toward African-Americans.
As a Black Man living among Blacks I can tell you the ongoing murders of Black Men and Women by representatives of a system that touts a creed to protect everyone, has emotions running high and everybody on high alert. The week following July 4th 2016 was an exceptionally bloody one for Black Men and police officers.
“The two women that actually found me passed out on the floor after I left somebody’s bachelor party and put me in rehab the next day. And supported me and pushed me and give me a reason to get up and go and chase it day after day after day.”
On Sunday, June 29th, 2016 Samuel L. Jackson stood on stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles California and accepted the 2016 BET Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 67-year-old actor did not hesitate to extol accolades upon his wife LaTanya Richardson, 66, and their 34-year-old daughter Zoe for urging him to go to rehab after finding him passed out on the floor after a night of partying.
Decades before we knew of Samuel L. Jackson he was dealing with demons a lot of us are dealing with every day. Fortunately, for him, he was blessed with two strong believing women that made all the difference in his world and his life.