My eldest daughter had an epiphany not very long ago. While sitting in the living room, she blurted out, “I can never be a super hero!” As a parent, I was like, “Wait, yes you can!” She went on to explain that of all the superheroes that she was aware of (Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, Iron Man, Spiderman, etc), had parental issues. In some cases their parent (or parents) were killed and in other cases their parents were super villains or some how involved in not so good dealings. The list is long and deep on what kind of parental problem issues in the comics have helped to draw the character to be a superhero. And my daughter realized that since she does not have parental problems that she could never be a superhero. It was an amazing compliment to my wife and I who do work hard at trying to be great parents. And it was equally exciting to know that our kids see us as good parents.
Well, that got me thinking (and yes here I go again ). Today a lot of children are being raised in single parent homes. The majority of these homes are fatherless and this is something that us men should be ashamed about and should work hard at correcting. But in all of these single parent homes, we are not producing any superheroes. Understand, I am not saying that we aren’t producing great people, I am just saying that none of them are superheroes. They have not developed any super powers nor have they been equipped enough to build a superhero (like Batman or Ironman). In fact, in the majority of single parent homes, there is barely enough money to survive. That means that the children are forced to not be allowed to spread their wings and fly. What I mean is suppose that in an inner city single parent home where mom is fighting just to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, how could she afford a musical instrument and lessons to help bring her child who is this generation’s Mozart or Beethoven blossom into that musical genius they are supposed to be. Instead, they wind up making it through school without having had the chance to potentially discover their purpose on life. Sure they are great kids and will be hard workers. But if we do not put the proper instrument or give the proper chances into the hand’s of our children then how can they ever know what they were gifted to be.
At this moment I am going to bring this topic up, but what “special” kind of person ever thought it would be a good idea to cut educational spending. Inside of our schools today are future Mozarts, Einsteins, Salks (discovered polio vaccine), etc, and the list goes on. However, if we are not funding and really over funding education then these people may never get the schooling they need or have that teacher that believed in them and inspired them or have the tools to allow them to discover their gifts and talents. Couple this with the problem of single family homes being short on money and opportunity and we are breeding a generation of children who will be denied the ability to discover and pursue their gifts and talents and that is to the shame of this society and the destruction of our future.
But back to my original topic, here is how I sum it up. Society, let’s admit it that our experiment is not working. We aren’t creating any superheroes with these single parent home (mostly fatherless homes, let’s step it up men and be men again). Therefore, parents let’s stand up and be parents again and give our children a better chance than we ever had. Even if we had a great childhood and all the opportunities in the world, let’s make their life and chances even greater. Then our future will be far better than our present or our past. It’s time to wake up and step up and lead this world into a better place for the sake of all of our children.
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