I've worked with volunteers during the past four years to help dads in prisons be better dads. Last night, one young guy with a toddler paid us a terrific compliment. Before he joined our group, he said, he had no one inside the prison to share his father concerns with.
Since he has joined he has found other guys who are either in the group or have been in the group. They are talking about their kids and about being fathers all the time. He feels he has been given a license to declare his dadhood.
It made me think that we really need dad support groups on the outside. A great job for the church. But, I fear they're too much like most of the guys on the prison yard.
It's just not manly to talk about your kids and about being a dad. What do you think?