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In high school I was constantly harassed for being gay. Still, the harassment angered me. I was raised by ex-hippies, people who made it clear, despite the homogenous areas where we lived, that all people are of equal worth and respect. I was angry about the lack of respect, for me, for homosexuals, and for the ignorance of those harassing me.

It starts as soon as life starts. From the moment our children are brought into the world we begin modeling behaviors they will come to inherently accept as a baseline of how to exist as a human.

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My four year old has often been mistaken for a girl. He has long curly hair, that in a way has become his trademark. His curls were past his shoulders and nearly to his waist when wet when we first cut his hair. Recently we took him to get his first professional haircut and my emotional response was repeated. There is no doubt I was mistaken for a girl at least as often as my son has been.

My son is a beautiful boy. He has wild hair that I love because it represents him as a person, he has been known for his crazy mop of hair since he was first born. In a way his hair has become a physical manifestation of his personality. He represents a growth in my journey as a man, and I believe that is where the emotions come into play.

I am a different man as a father than I was before, just as all parents are. It is a role we come to define ourselves by whether we intend to or not. Men especially cling to bachelorhood as a defining chapter of their lives. But becoming a husband, a father, is much more defining than being single could ever be.

Because ultimately it is not about the self, it is about the incorporation of others into our lives. It takes a new level of maturity in our lives to be able to do that, which is why commitment comes to men at various points in our lives. As a father my job is to make my children love themselves, own their personalities, grow comfortable with who they are as individuals.

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My thirteen year old step-son has long embraced his eccentricities, and has had an experience with school that mirrors much of my own experiences. Being teased for countless superficial and fabricated reasons, not least among them for being gay. The perpetuation of these patterns is, and will always be, environmental. As Nelson Mandela says,. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

And so I am forced to examine the example of manhood that I am unwittingly portraying for my sons. So, what can I do? All I can really do is lead by example, be a man who is comfortable with himself. I may be a quiet and reserved father, but that is part of who I am, too.

It is my challenge in life to show them a man who can be those things while being strong, moral, and hardworking. To show them a man who is unafraid of showing affection, expressing love. A man who is not ashamed of sometimes being scared, not knowing the answers, or being confused about the twists and turns of life. When manhood becomes fatherhood it is just another growth process. Manhood is not quantifiable. It cannot be defined because it is too many things. Why should manhood be any different? It is never too late to foster ourselves, to improve on a daily basis. If we put in that sort of effort, just imagine the portrait we will be modeling for our children.

Imagine the world generations from now when manhood has been measured not by stereotypes or definitions, but by effort and human progress. If you can imagine that, you will know what you know the first time you hold your child in your hands or kiss the love of your life: that anything truly is possible. Image of young football player, resting courtesy of Shutterstock. Weekly facilitated calls that lead to the execution of real-world strategies for change.

I'm a teenage girl and like all teenagers there are times I disagree with my parents.

It is always important to be accountable to others as well as to ourselves. It all comes down to love and respect for ourselves and other people, as God intended. Your rules are really a great example to other parents, who can look at them and make the changes fit for their own family. Personally my parents have rules extremely similar to this and though at times I do not like them I know they are the healthy rules and to truly enjoy life its better to live it.

You are entitled to your opinion. Even though the vast majority disagree with you they agree with Charles though , you still have that privilege.

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I also love your reminder that our words are borrowed - that they can heal or wound - and each one will return to our heavenly Father one day. Our kids are astute, and tender enough to understand this, even in their early teen years. You can't honostly believe that having a religious standpoint makes people believe our world is stagnant!!?? The Catholic church which is simply the largest collection of Christians in the world wrote the scientific method, created universities, created hospitals, and fathered some of the greatest most revolutionizing minds in history.

Without the idea of religion and order we wouldn't be where we are at today. Yes the article may be ignorant to the beauty of technology but that is no reason to discount the religion behind it. Science is very real, but the more you study it the more God shines. As you're walking through a forest and run into a cabin what comes to mind?

That someone lives here, that there was a creator.

You don't look for stricken down trees and ways to lower the probability that it was a random turn of events that made this cabin. Just look at the simple stuff like a cell, and go in depth to every chemical reaction that occurs in a cell and then imagine how all those "chemical reactions" work with other cells to create organs which produce more chemical reactions and create organ systems to entire species and compare it to what man has made got example an iPod and it's pretty obvious that something as complex as our world had a designer, we can't even set up a building without a blue print let alone begin to plan a city or nation as individuals it's too complex for a single mind.

Only a higher than human being could create our world. Way to go They all are walking with The Lord, successful men and women of integrity, raising their kids in God's ways and our best friends I am a father of 3 vibrant boys, and don't like this at all. All I see here is an insecure father who is trying to compensate for his inability to teach his boys correct principles by bullying them into submission with this contract. Better parenting takes a softer touch. Want to know the teenage response to being forced to be good?

Check out Hanna Montanas most recent video on youtube. Thats where you are headed. I liked this and appreciate your sharing, however you talked about words and then borderlined profanity which made my mind actually say those words, I did not appreciate that and think you were trying to add some coolness to your article that did not need to be there. Other than this, thank you. It is very clear that you have no idea as to Who the Creator is! If you did then you would understand how to guide the children down the narrow path of life. HighHorse you say My Mom had similar rules for modesty.

She said we would not lower our standards no matter what was going on in our culture. Whether we were looking for a prom dress, summer shorts, or bathing suits, she always said "We will look as long as we have to, or modify things as much as we can so that you feel beautiful. It takes more time and more thought.

It's easy to let your kids text and watch as much TV as they want. It's much harder to make and keep standards in place. As Mr.

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I'm a year-old high school teacher who witnesses incredible brokenness every day because of unlimited technology. Technology kills intimacy. We are raising a whole generation of people who don't understand real intimacy, and the ripple effects of that are devastating. Thank you for your courageous post, Mr. Martin, which I'm sure you knew would be criticized heavily. There are worse "problems" in the world than a kid having some strict rules in place for a phone his parents purchased for him.

I think you have good intentions, but I think your rules have less to do with you teaching your kid what is right and more to do with your inability to admit your kid is no longer a kid, but a teen growing into a young adult. I guarantee when you were a teen, if you would have had a smartphone, you would have listened to a song or two that is "inappropriate", watched a video that was "vulgar", or look at "hot pictures of girls".

It's part of the growing up process.

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Part of growing up is doing dumb things. They will fumble some, but they will only grow up into good adults if you give them some faith and also understand that, like you, they aren't perfect. Inspecting their phone's texts and chat logs is a complete invasion of privacy; would you be okay allowing your son to do that to yours?