Entries by Rick Johnson

What Happens to Children When They are Abandoned?

Not receiving the necessary psychological or physical protection a child deserves equates to abandonment. Being abandoned tells a child, “You are not important—you are not of value.” Abandoned children then develop a deep sense of toxic shame. They grow up to believe that the world is unsafe, people cannot be trusted, and they do not…

Cody, Qualities of a Good Man

Today’s guest post is from Perri Zepeda.  It’s a wonderful tribute to the man she loves–one any man would be proud to read about himself.   The following description of my life partner, Cody, was written because I was so moved and prompted to write about him just after I finished reading the author Rick…

Talking to Boys–Simple is Better

Every year, our Better Dads ministry hosts an annual Single Mom’s Family Camp. We bring about 25 single mothers and their children to a free, three-day camp. During the camp our male volunteers play with the children during the day while myself and other speakers provide education, insight, and spiritual development during classes for the…

What is a “Real” Man–Part 2

Seek justice Encourage the oppressed Defend the cause of the fatherless Plead the case of the widow Isaiah 1:17 (NKJV) In the first part of this article we looked at what authentic masculinity was not—now let’s look at what it is. I am optimistic that there is a new kind of masculinity taking hold in…

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What is a “Real” Man?

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you are just naturally drawn to a certain man? People like being around him. You can’t quite put your finger on what it is, but you know you like it. When he comes into a room or walks down the street people automatically notice him—they see something different about…

Tips For Moms Raising Sons

• Boys need clear, unambiguous boundaries • Boys need to be held accountable for their actions and decisions • Boys need to learn the correlation between taking risks and success in life • Boys need to not acquire the habit of quitting early in life • Boys need positive male role models in their lives…