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I have always felt that Dwayne Wade was a great role model, not only as a man but as a father. There aren’t very many men, especially in professional sports who have taken full custody of their children and accepted complete day-to-day responsibility, when so many in his field are too busy partying and running from woman to woman and their children are left behind with their mothers, while they throw money to them to make up for their absence.
The following is essay is taken from his book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball. He talks candidly about being a single father and inspiring not only single parents but all parents.
Sourced from CNN:
Last year, I wrote a book about my experience and the importance of all fathers being present in their children’s lives. Addressing the fatherlessness issue across the country, I’ve also teamed up with President Obama to support his Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative.
Being a father is the most important and rewarding thing I will ever do, and I strongly encourage all fathers to love and take responsibility for their children.
It occurred to me that there was no guidebook out there that defined and detailed what being a great full-time single dad really was. Where was the game plan for getting this right? Well, if there wasn’t one, then I would need to draw from the past and do the legwork to create one of my own.
Fatherhood, to me, isn’t something you do for awards or acclaim. It’s a privilege and a huge responsibility. Of course, the recognition I’ve been given has been flattering — except I don’t think it makes sense to honor me for what I should be doing in the first place. That said, I do hope that by opening up in ways I haven’t in the past, I can encourage other fathers or father figures to get more involved with their kids’ lives.
Another reason I wrote this book is for my sons, Zaire and Zion. My hope is that in retracing some of my steps in life, both successful and not, I can pass on important lessons taught to me by others and that I had to pick up on my own. But I also want them to know there are no shortcuts or easy answers to being a father first, my life’s mission. I want them to know I’m learning still, sometimes on the fly.
Who really tells you how to be a dad? No one. Which is why I wanted to share my discoveries about how every child is different and you therefore have to parent each differently. I want to address the priorities I’m a stickler for — my beliefs about respect, responsibility, hard work, having dreams, and always being open to learning. Just as important, I want my boys, including my nephew Dahveon, to know they are my best teachers when it comes to being a good father.
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