Father’s Day Countdown 2

There is strong data that suggests that father’s play a crucial role in helping adolescent boys manage their aggression and risk taking behaviors.  Aggression, a component of the Warrior archetype, can be expressed either in the shadow or the light.  Shadow behaviors include violence, bullying and physical coercion.  In the light, the warrior is protective, assertive and bold.  Fathers through appropriate modeling and teaching provide adolescent boys with a road map for handling their surging hormones.  Boys who are poorly fathered are far more likely to join gangs, drop out of school and wind up in the juvenile justice system.  Even in the animal kingdom we can observe the impact of fathering.   Researchers report that rogue adolescent elephants who destroy property and threaten villages usually come from herds without an older male elephant in proximity.

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