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  • Writer's pictureM.E. Collins

Dads and parents we have a choice in parenting.

What do you say to encourage a father when they're ten years old or teenager is someone you don’t even know anymore. In your mind, you say to yourself "I know I did not raise you that way." You wake up one morning, and your son or daughter is talking back, or feel they have to have the last word and not being respectful. You are like I’m going to knock you out. It seems each year goes by the children are being more influenced by technology and television. Most television programs include comedy showing young and grown kids speaking back to their parents or saying a comment under their breath. Then there are some shows that the children are in charge and trying to make this the norm.

However, there is no need to panic. This is why we must pray over our children when they go to bed. You have to stay grounded in your faith and know how to act when these issues arise in your household. It is essential to make sure your child knows what is expected when you are not at home. When they can get up in the morning and head out into this crazy world to provide a roof over their heads, food on the table, and manage to pay the bills, they need to sit their little tail down.

In my line of work, I see many parents trying to be friends with your children. What the hell, if you didn’t turn out okay, ding, ding don’t you think that you might when to come up with a better plan. At least talk to parents who are succeeding in raising their children and how they dealt with craziness in their children. Listen I love my children, and I do with all my heart. However, I’m your dad, not your friend, and it’s my job to make sure you can make it in this already divided country we called home.

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to some children that are from elementary to high school students. They were one foot from going to prison, NOT JAIL! I said prison, and that’s sad that the mother and dad robbed this child, but gave them birth without taking the responsibility to see to their up bring. I am not saying this is the case for all, but for the most part, it is. This is where your child or children will be, just like cattle locked up and told when and how to do it. Everywhere I go to speak I express to many kids heading the wrong direction you are a commodity for them with a dollar sign. So, dads and parents, you have a choice. You either have the justice system raise your child, which they gladly don’t mind its more money for them, its business or you. We have to do better in what we say and do, that includes me. I’m no different than you, believe that. I just know that I have to pray and ask for guidance from God.

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