For almost as long as I can remember, fathers have gotten a bad rap. During the 70’s an angry, toxic version of feminism dumped on men at every turn, with fathers being blamed for a good many of the problems in our world. Some seemed to think a child would be better off never knowing their father! While that extreme has calmed down, the media has seemed happy to keep dishing out negative messages about fathers – they are either bad, irrelevant, or a joke.
Fortunately, academia is starting to take an interest in studying what fathers really do for kids, and it’s becoming clear that fathers are very, very important. From future happiness, to not going to jail, to making it to eighteen without having a baby, good, caring, active, fathers have a deep and positive impact on their children. Turns out both boys and girls need the input and parenting of a man and a woman; what a surprise!
Thanks to all the fathers out there who care enough to love their kids. Keep it up, and know that even if they don’t appreciate it (yet), you are benefiting them.
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
New Blogs this week:
Refresh |MarriageToday I’ve followed MarriageToday on Twitter for some time (@marriagetoday) and have recently started to read their blog. Good all around
Joe Beam’s Blog This is not actually new, but it had been quite for a long time while Joe was working on his doctorate in sexuality. Great to have you back, Joe.
A Grown Up Marriage
Marriage and Class Five Rapids: A great rant with a very important point!
How to Handle Heated Arguments: This guest post has some excellent thoughts on the different ways men and women argue.
MT Project: I have weaknesses.: These folks know how to help each other grow!
Is Job Stress Impacting Your Marriage?: An excellent post!
One Flesh Marriage
The Man in RoMANce: Brad want to help you put the man back in roMANce.
Children-Pox Clever, well done, and important!
Doing Marriage with Children: Kate’s take on marriage and children.
Holding Hands In Worship: A great part of a shared walk with the Lord.
Marriage Builder: Radioactive Issues: Is your communication radioactive?
Marriage Builder: The Root Cause of an Angry Woman: This article, which lays a lot at men’s feet, got both positive and negative reviews when I tweeted it.
The Romantic Vineyard
A Fragrant Aroma – 33: Do half of these (16.5?) and you will have a fantastic marriage!
Values Over Valuables: A great post for any father (or mother) to think on. What are you leaving to your children?
Are you too busy?: Please find time to read this!
6 ways to self soothe your way to a better marriage: This is a great post that goes well beyond what the title suggests.
001 Stupendous Marriage Show – Who are we? – Family Leadership – Marriage falling apart – Making marriage a success: Stu and Lisa (aka Exotic Orchid) kick of their podcast. This is a quality start, looking forward to future instalments.