This week’s Beta is heavy (minus the video). You’ve got stats, sound advice and a three lists of pragmatic next steps.
First, here’s a stout case for traditional marriage and traditional families – Marriage is the Answer to Poverty.
Focus on the Family is a solid ministry with great, practical advice. I think there are some points in this list for every parent – A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents. Many of the items are spot-on for this generation’s helicopter parents, especially Nos. 6 and 7. No. 8 is a biggie for those OCD-type parents.
Here are Six Gifts Your Kids Need From You from Pastors.com. Intentionality is an unspoken theme in this post. I love what it says in No. 4…
A father is without question the single most significant influence on the spiritual life of his children. The statistical data from three major studies in recent years is overwhelming. If the father is involved in a church and is growing spiritually, the likelihood of the child doing the same skyrockets. If Mom goes to church alone with the kids, the chances plummet.
Continuing with a dad’s influence in the home, this post from The National Fatherhood initiative lists tons of helpful stats for those leading other men, pastors, mentors, foster parents, etc. See Consequences of Father Absence Statistics.
For those who don’t know me personally, I serve in the area of media. I’ve worked in many areas in newspaper, radio and TV.
This video is pretty accurate as to how TV really works!