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Strategies for Helping Your Son Succeed, Starting with John Wayne, Socrates, and Me!

Rick Johnson's new book provides a needed voice for men.

by
Andrew Klavan

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July 31, 2013 - 12:16 pm

I was pleased the other day to receive a copy of Rick Johnson’s new book in the mail:  A Man in the Making:  Strategies to Help Your Son Succeed in Life. I was also honored to find myself quoted in the book’s frontispiece — especially honored since my quote was there with two others, one from Socrates and one from John Wayne. Now I’ll go toe to toe with Socrates any day, but Wayne? That’s pretty impressive company. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Rick, but I emailed him to say I was so flattered that I was going to spend the next few days wearing a toga and a cowboy hat. Until, you know, the wife started to complain.

Rick is the founder of Better Dads, a program to teach fathering skills and advocate for more and stronger fathers in the home. He’s written a number of books, and travels through North America lecturing on manhood and its positive effects on the home. It’s an urgent subject, and a difficult one.

Manhood is a very tough thing to talk about because an essential part of manhood is not talking about it — but not talking about it leaves the field open to the rabid leftist feminists who all but monopolize the field of psychology. These often well-meaning clownettes take it as given that masculinity is a Bad Thing. Despite the massive amount of information showing the damaging effects on children of not having a strong father in the home, they continue to both preach and practice against the beneficent power of manhood and against the urgency of fatherhood. A man who sought individual or couples counseling from one of these Knucklehead Girls would, I believe, find them quite insidious and damaging.

Guys like Rick provide a needed voice of opposition — a needed voice for men. Rick’s point of view is a Christian one — something with which you may or may not disagree — but his main point about the desperate necessity of good, strong fathering is indisputable.

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Cross-posted from Klavan on the Culture

Andrew Klavan’s newest novel is Nightmare City.

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I won full custody of my son in 2006 after a 2-years-long court battle. I was both saddened and disturbed to realize just how severely the deck is stacked against the father in custody battles. In my state, in 2006, I became a 7 per-center....only 7% of fathers have custody of their children after divorce. I do not know if my situation is reflective of national statistics, but I believe that number speaks for itself.

Remember BENGHAZI!

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I know a man who paid his ex-wife child support for twelve years during which he had custody of his daughter. I asked him why he would do that and he said that it was worth the money to him to stay out of court. So much for "justice is blind", "its for the children" and other proven falsehoods.
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"clownettes" lol. I would have said harpy hags, but clownettes will do!
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Hip, hip, hooray! Finally I hear a positive voice for men. http://coldwarwarrior.com/
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