Super Dad

Archived: Posted June 14, 2013

Core Assets Fostering - blog postIt’s Father’s Day this weekend and the shops are full of ‘Superhero Dad’ cards and novelty socks. Just browsing the rows of cards, you automatically think about your own dad (or the person closest to that role) and, as you look for a card with an appropriate message, you find yourself assessing his role and perhaps wondering how it’s shaped the person you are today.

So what makes a good male role model? And just how important are male role models in society these days?

Read any book about raising children and you’ll come across a section on how important it is for children to have good male role models in their lives as they grow up. That in order for them to grow into happy, healthy individuals they need to be surrounded by positive male examples in terms of relationships with others, attitudes to work and socially too. Because family it seems, and the stability it provides, is at the heart of society. And our experiences shape our lives whether we realise it or not.

Children learn by experience and if they grow up in a happy home with parents who are nice to each other, help each other and are encouraging and kind then they will see this as the right way to live and will hopefully emulate this behaviour in their own adult life. Maybe behaviour is learned and ‘passed down’ to the next generation.

But what happens if your dad isn’t around – does that mean you won’t have stability and your future is potentially ruined? Father absence has recently been linked to higher rates of teenage crime, pregnancy and disadvantage, although this is clearly not the case for everyone. There are many positive male role models for children outside of the direct family circle, others they can look up to, learn from and respect such as teachers, family friends, and even their friends’ dads.

A perfect example of this is the foster carer; someone who looks after another person’s child; taking them into their own family home, bringing stability into their lives that they may not have experienced in their own.

Carers like Kevin, a male foster carer from the South of England who made a life changing decision four years ago to become a full time foster carer and offer vulnerable young people a chance to live in a family setting.

Admitting that fostering has changed his outlook on life, Kevin is very aware of the challenges faced by young people today and knows that to provide the stability and guidance that’s missing from a young person’s life is the most important role there is.

So maybe you don’t have to be a superhero to be a good dad, you just need to be there for them when they need you (but the cape would look pretty cool though)…

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