Sunday, June 21, 2009

Freewrite... Cats in the Cradle... You Tube... Video from The White House Blog and You Tube... President Barack Obama... Responsible Fatherhood

Most of us are familiar with the following song - and life is so very, very busy and complex that one sometimes wonders - "how can I possibly be 'all things to all people?'"

The answer - the hard answer - is, of course, that we can't...

But making time for our children - in particular, during their young and vulnerable years - should (whenever humanly possible) be on the top of our priority list...

Personally - I think implementing a 30-hour work week (considered full-time with benefits) would be helpful in this regard - now that life is sooooooo complex - with so many professionals needing to stay on top of things (during their alleged "off" time) in the computer world (the news, Facebook, Twitter, blogs and such...) -

Which might mean (as a side benefit) more F/T (30 hr. work weeks) jobs for more people!

Whatever the case - parenting [there are also childcare (Affordable? Quality?) considerations; the need for fun and affordable family outlets, etc.) is a serious, serious, serious - and too often seriously undervalued (in regards to mothers and fathers) F/T job...

Which might sound a little "tacky" - put that way - to some...

But a wise man once said, "Love is Work"...

And mistakes, once made (I know something about this...) can-not always (no matter how hard one might try) be undone.

How many of us think... "I wish I knew then... what I know now?"

How can we encourage the next generation (this could be a personal and political question - regarding family-friendly legislation and policies...) to avoid the mistakes that we (Please remember the tale about "glass houses"...) have made?

["Harry Chapin - Cats in the cradle and silver spoon music video"; as submitted to You Tube by Rakin2008 on October 07, 2008;]

From the White House Blog:

["The White House - Blog Post - Responsible Fatherhood";]

Happy Fathers Day to All!

Peace, Love, Equality and Humane Justice,


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