MUNDY TWP. — Helping parents keep their sons on track toward becoming a responsible adult is the focus of a free upcoming workshop “Raising Boys to Be Men,” 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 17 at America’s Best Inn & Suites, 6075 Hill 23 Drive. It will be repeated from 9 -11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18.
The workshop is hosted by Dr Recco Richardson, a family counselor and former member of the Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education.
This workshop aims to help parents help their sons to avoid crime, overcome absent father issues, improve self-control, resolve anger issues, accept responsibility, achieve emotional health and other productive behavior, he said.
Besides parents, the workshop also encourages attendance by social welfare providers including day care workers, coaches, at-risk agents, social workers, counselors, educators, case managers, youth specialists and residential/detention center staff.
Richardson, who was raised in Flint, said he is sponsoring the workshop to address issues he is constantly seeing in his practice. That includes young boys who believe it is okay to drop out of school, become fathers at an early age and pursue a life of crime.
Negative influences from the music industry and television shows are among factors that encourage young men to want materials things “right now” and think crime is okay.
If their parents lack the means to provide the latest video game “right now,” these boys think it is okay to steal or commit crimes to get what they want, he said.
Richardson also said he sees young men becoming fathers as young as age 14 then having it catch up to them when they older and have to pay child support.
Dropping out of high school before age 18 is another sticking point.
“I have kids on my caseload who say as soon as I turn 16, I am dropping out,” he said. Older boys who have done it are influencing them.
They need to understand that dropping out, which equates to quitting, is not a good life plan. It encourages them in the future to quit whenever they encounter a hard challenge, he said.
Richardson said he sees these problems in boys of all races.
To register for the workshop, call 810-732-2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org