I was recently interviewed by Alvin Mitchell from the website All-Swagga. Here is a short excerpt:
Mocha Dad: Fathers have a huge impact on their children’s lives. Girls and boys need to a have a strong role model whom they can emulate and measure others by.
Too many dads rely on their wives to handle all the details of their children lives, but when they do this, they miss out on bonding opportunities. Kids grow up so fast and you have to take advantage of every moment. I try to spend as much time with my kids as I can because I don’t want to have any regrets when they are adults. Something as simple as reading a book together makes a huge difference in a child’s life.
All-Swagga: In your opinion what does it mean to be a man today?
Mocha Dad: I read an article in The Atlantic titled, “The End of Men,” that proclaimed that men were essentially responsible for the economic downturn and that their skills and attributes are no longer relevant in the new world order.
I’m not ignorant enough to believe that we’ve reached the point where there is gender equality or that women have wrestled power away from men. I’m fully aware of the privileges of being male.
With this awareness comes a responsibility to raise a new generation of men who are respectful, loving, and willing to contribute to society in a positive way.
All-Swagga: What personal advice do you have for fathers and men navigating their way through fatherhood and manhood?
Mocha Dad: Be present and heap lavish amounts of praise on your kids. The world is filled with negative influences and people who want to tear down your kids. You must be their safe oasis.
Question: In your opinion, what does it mean to be a real father?