Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The New Man, Episode 31: Byron Ricks: Searching for Dad

Another excellent edition of The New Man podcast. Enjoy!

Episode 31: Byron Ricks: Searching for Dad

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Barack Obama and John McCain have one thing in common, they both grew up with absent fathers. Byron Ricks details how important the father-son relationship is to growing boys, and how this may have affected who the candidates, and other men with absent fathers, have become in adulthood.

In this uncommon discussion we learn:

  • What are the 9 side-effects of growing up fatherless.
  • When do boys learn start to learn about sex?
  • What it's like for a young boy who doesn't have a father in his life.
  • The unique benefits of male-bonding.
  • Boys innate desire to do 'one-better' than our dads.
  • How a "surrogate" father can fill the role for absent fathers.
  • How to rebuild self-respect, self-confidence, and a strong sense of identity.

Join us in learning about Byron Ricks mission to help men and boys facing the world when their fathers are not around.

This is an issue close to my heart. I've been doing some reading on this in the past year and trying to make sense of my own father-loss at age 13. Turns out that the age of loss makes a difference, as I'm sure it does to have a living father who was often absent.

My own experience confirms for me the crucial need a boy has for a male figure in his life, preferably a father, but if that isn't possible, then at least a reliable, stand-up, healthy role model with whom to spend time.

Go check out this podcast to learn more about a boy's need for bonding with an adult male.

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