By Alison Caliguire SYRACUSE (NCC News) – An Author of two books on parenting is helping parents with the sometimes difficult task of raising their sons. Strategist, motivational speaker, and father of four, Darrell Andrews spoke at an event Monday night sponsored by the Building Men Program. Building Men is a local group that encourages boys to grow up to be what they call “men of character” by helping them develop purpose and passion.
Growing up in a poor, single parent household in Syracuse, Andrews faced a lot of the same obstacles that many boys are facing today, such as the pressure to join a gang. But Andrews’ mother enforced a strict curfew and pushed him to excel in school, and instead of following a path of violence that too many boys end up on, Andrews became the first person in his family to earn a Bachelors degree.
Andrews is sharing the parenting lessons that he learned from his own mother to help other parents raise their sons. He uses the term “intentional parenting” to get parents to think about how their actions impact their sons. Andrews tells parents to support their sons passion, whether that passion is drawing, basketball, or math. Andrews advises parents to surround their sons with good adult role models who are positively impacting their community. Andrews also encourages parents to have their sons go through a rite of passage to signal their ascension to manhood as a way of giving them a positive sense of identity.
One mother who attended the event was grateful for the advice Andrews shared. “In the world that we live in right now, I think we as parents, we all need help,” said Sonia Hudgins, a mother of two. Hudgins plans on sharing what she learned on social media so other parents can benefit from the information, and may be inspired to get involved in the Building Men Program as well.
For more information about the Building Men Program and future events, visit their website.