Fatherhood Wisdom – How to Live

NBA Hall-of-Famer, Charles Barkley famously said, “I am not a role model.” The all-star power forward never intended for people to look up to him or follow in his footsteps. All he wanted to do was play basketball.

As fathers, we cannot shirk the responsibility of being role models to our children. Like it or not, your children will model your behaviors – good or bad.

Author, Clarence Budington Kelland summed it up best when he said:

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”

How are you living your life? What are your children learning by watching you? Are you the role model they need you to be?

Stay Strong,
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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at

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