One of the greatest challenges of society today is the “reconnection” of families. Solid and reputable research has shown us that, as two-parent, married-couple families have declined, there have been corresponding increases in poverty, ill-health, educational failure, unhappiness, antisocial behavior, isolation and social exclusion of many children and adults.
These problems are not going to repair themselves. Our guest on this program, Michael Byron Smith, believes that now, more than ever, fathers must be present and engaged with their children if the family is to function as it should. Michael understands all too well the impact of a physically or emotionally absent father.
Fortunately, Michael brings to this program some thoughts and suggestions for how fathers can connect and better connect with their children. In fact, he will share with us how the “Seven Characteristics of a Successful Father” can help all dads become more present, more loving and more nurturing with their children. It could well be the most important task they will ever accomplish, as it stimulates the growth and character of their sons and daughters.
Michael is a retired Air Force colonel and former military pilot. He’s also a retired civilian engineer for the US government in the aerospace industry. In addition to being the author of the new book, The Power of Dadhood: How to Become the Father Your Child Needs, Michael is a husband, father and grandfather dedicated to helping fathers to be present and involved dads through his blog, “Helping Fathers to be Dads.” (29:47)
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