TIP 29. DADS' NETWORKS
For many men there are times while raising their children, that their role as a father can be a very lonely existence, especially if they don't have a strong relationship with their own father or family. It is often of great benefit just to be able to have someone to discuss parenting issues with and often it can help relieve some of the stress that comes with raising a family.
For this reason I would encourage you to seek to become part of a local men's group or parent group within your area. Being able to spend time with like minded men who are also raising children can be incredibly encouraging. It's important to realise that as parents we all go through many similar challenges, and it is good to know that we are not the only one needing some parenting insights.
A local dad's network or men's group can be very rewarding if you are able to find men who are going in the same general direction as you, and wanting to be the best dad's they can be in life. Although initially it can be a little intimidating for men to open up and discuss the issues they may be facing, I have found that once the element of trust is established within the group all can benefit from the experience.
In most successful dads groups this trust is established by a strong element of acceptance within the group, and a realisation that the members will probably have differing opinions on a number of subjects. I believe that it is important to find men that you can relate to or a group that you can feel part of, as it is often only these types of groups that can really benefit you in your role as a father.
Another element of many successful dads groups is the opportunity for each person to be able to express an opinion, as most dads learn best through an open exchange of ideas. Often these groups can also benefit by getting together at social functions or picnics with their families, and to just relax and enjoy each others company.
Dads' Call To Action:
Seek to become part of a local dads group of like minded men, as the experience can be very rewarding for you and your family.
(2 Timothy 2 v 2)
And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.