Friday, June 13, 2014


Father's Day is Sunday and it's important to note that Dads, all over the world, are uniquely positioned to instill character and values in our boys. They are often the ones our sons look to for guidance--the ones our boys look to as role models. But often in society we raise our boys with a set of values that don't serve them well and, consequently, don't serve any of us. 

They are often taught to:
  • Be strong.
  • Have all of the answers.
  • Be aggressive.
  • Control their emotions.
  • Be in charge of their relationships.
This messaging can be the basis of behavior that sparks sexual and domestic violence. With one in four women experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime and one in five sexually assaulted at college, this messaging has to change. Instead, we need to teach our young men to:
  • Express their emotions rather than hold them in.
  • Be fair in their relationships.
  • Be compassionate and understanding.
  • Realize that equality benefits everyone.
So, for Father's Day, let's thank all of those amazing dads out there for being the positive force in their sons' lives and for teaching them to grow up to be good men of strong character rather than just strong men.

Happy Father's Day!