Welcome to the World, Giovanni Ryan McWilliams
I am thrilled to announce that at 8:03am, August 15, my wife Tara, our daughter Aracelli, and I welcomed our second child into the world. Giovanni Ryan McWilliams came into the world weighing 8 pounds and measuring 21 3/4 inches.
If you want to tweet well wishes to Tara, you may do so at @TaraMMcWilliams (yes, there are two M’s)
Here are some early picture of the little lad.
Hours after being born. I love his big eyes!
Held by his big sister for the first time.
Finally resting at home.
Someone recently asked me an interesting question. “Aren’t you afraid that you’re indoctrinating your daughter?” I answered the question with a question of my own: If you don’t indoctrinate your children, who will?
NOTE: By the time you read this, my wife and I will most likely have welcomed our second child into the world, so naturally the topic of parenting is forefront on my heart and mind right now. That said, much of this post applies to anyone that you may lead.
Why I am Not Afraid of Indoctrinating Children (The Right Way)
I am not afraid at all of indoctrinating our daughter (or our future children).
The reality of the world is that someone is going to do it. Whether it’s the media, the latest pop artist, advertisers, or their friends at school, everyone else is attempting to influence her, so it’s my job to do it the right way.
Has anyone ever spoken words over you that changed the course of your life? Have you ever heard or read something that ignited something on the inside of you that forever changed who you are? Then you know the power of words. And it’s the words that you say, that you declare, that hold the key to unleashing your full potential.
By the time you read this, I might be cradling a newborn baby in my arms. As I write this, my wife, Tara, is due with our second child any day now. So, naturally, my mind is racing with thoughts of all the things I’ll need to do for this child as his or her father.
I recently made a terrible parenting mistake. One that I swore I would never make. I’ve seen far too many well-intentioned people make this mistake. They want to prevent a loved one or someone they lead from feeling pain, making mistakes, embarrassing themselves, or accidentally going against a social norm.
What was that terrible mistake that I made?
I told our four-year old daughter, Aracelli, not to play in the mud. Worse, I got mad at her for doing so.
That may not seem like a big deal to some of you. After all, there are important things to protect. Like our carpet, her clothes, and her lady-like behavior.
Today’s guest is helping in the fight against one of the greatest epidemics of our time: fatherlessness. If you don’t think it’s an epidemic, consider the sobering statistics below.
The US Department of Health/Census reports that 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes, as reported by The US D.H.H.S. and Bureau of the Census. 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes (Center for Disease Control). 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction).
This is clearly an epidemic. It might be the single biggest problem facing our nation and the world.
The reality is that children need fathers. While we appreciate, honor, and offer as much help as possible to single mothers like my mom, the statistics don’t lie. A nation and a world without fathers is faltering.
Today’s guest doesn’t claim to have all the answers, but he is on a mission to address the problem. He hosts a call-in, text-in and email-in podcast for fatherless children get their life questions answered, in an effort to thwart the ill effects of living without fatherly advice.
Please join me in welcoming to the show, Dr. Shane Wall.
Listen to This Episode
What’s the secret to raising positive kids who believe they can change the world?
Short answer: There is none. There is no one secret to raising children who are positive, who get good grades or who go on to change the world.
But there is one technique that could make a big difference. And it is vastly underused.
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