I kind of lost track of Focus on the Family and it's organization. My wife and I listened to its radio program pretty faithfully when our kids were really young. We learned a lot about everything form the strong-willed child to how to discipline.
Dr. James Dobson retured and was replaced by Jim Daly who I had never heard much about. Then I clicked on this tweet about how it's never too late to become a great Dad. I've thought about that issue a lot over the years because of my birth father who deserted my Mom and me when I was a toddler. He never came back, never called, wrote or did anything to support us. He was a true "Scum bag Dad."
I found him when I was in my 20s. He had a whole different family, lived on the other side of the country and had lots of money. He totally rejected me. His parting words to me involved a threat to my life and then I left.
The question I often wondered about was whether he could have moved the daddy needle from being a scumbag to being a real dad. Can anybody else relate to this?
Jim Daly of Focus on the Family comes from a no-dad background. And in this intereview with Christianity Today, he talks about his experience in plain terms that I can relate to. He learned how to be a man and how to be a Dad by default. He had no male role models.
If this type of experience matches yours or that of somebody you know, this might be helpful. This is a multi-layered topic that reeks with emotion that most guys don't want to show.
Which end of the spectrum are you on, Dad or Son? Daughter?