Positive Male Role Models … Part 2

imd-web-poster-kidwheel-v2aAs part of International Men’s Day …

I go to books for my inspiration …  

Usually I then engage in extended reflection and discussion, but I start with the written word.  

Here are three places I have found inspiration about how to be a better, or at least more thoughtful and engaged father and man.

“Heroes For My Son” by Brad Meltzer

Better Dads, Stronger Sons: How Father Can Guide Boys to Become Men of Character” by Rick Johnson 

“Fathers and Son:  Time Lost, Love Recovered” by Edward C. Sellner

Where do YOU look for inspiration?

Revisiting some old favorite reads and thinking about my sons in the Heartland ….


Positive Male Role Models … Part 1

imd-web-poster-wrestle-v2bAs part of International Men’s Day …  

Male role models provide a distinct and challenging function in our society.  They are the images of being a man that we learn, imitate, and eventually that we use as the foundation for our own manhood behaviors and values.

Many choices exist in our society for men to model … let’s just consider some “John” choices:

John Wayne … John Mayer … John Candy … John McGovern … John F. Kennedy … John Lennon … John Ritter … John Gotti …  

and then there’s John Adams … John James Audubon … John Belushi …John Boehner … John Wilkes Booth … John Cena … John Cusack … John Cleese … John Denver … John Dewey … John Elway … John Glenn … John Goodman … and we’re only up to the H’s:)

I can think of at least one positive attribute to almost every one on my John List so far … what about you?

Simple question:   How do you choose your male role models?

Thinking about why I choose who I choose in the Heartland ….


International Men’s Day Today

International Men’s Day November 19, 2012 

“Helping Men and Boys Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier Lives”

This special day started in Trinidad and Tobago and is now celebrated by countries representing half the world’s male population.

This year, today’s focus is on: 

… Improving male life expectancy

… Helping men get help

… Improving boys education

…Tackling tolerance of violence against men and boys

…Promoting fathers and positive male role models.

Can’t say I disagree with a single one of these.  Click on the title above to learn more and watch this space.

Celebrating the positive aspects of being a man in the Heartland ….