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Fatherless Sons… The Succession Crisis!

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I am the eldest of many children. My father was gone by the time I was 7 and my stepfather arrived not too long after. With my stepfather’s arrival in my life, one thing became crystal clear: my birth father would never be the dad I needed, and with the ensuing competition for my mother’s attention, nether could my stepfather. In many ways it felt like it was on me to parent my siblings as well as myself.

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Fatherless Sons… The Succession Crisis!

  1. 1. I am the eldest of many children. My father was gone by the time I was 7 and my stepfather arrived not too long after. @TheDovBaron
  2. 2. My birth father would never be the dad I needed, and with the ensuing competition for my mother’s attention, nether could my stepfather. @TheDovBaron
  3. 3. @TheDovBaron As tough as this was, one good thing was that my mother’s youngest sibling, my uncle Ellis, was only nine years older than me.
  4. 4. Uncle Ellis took me to concerts when at 14 and 15. I saw many amazing US performers, but there was one American performer my uncle took me to see twice, and I went on to see a total of five times: Harry Chapin. @TheDovBaron
  5. 5. “Cat’s in the Cradle” is one of my favourite, and maybe one of the best father and son songs ever written. @TheDovBaron
  6. 6. It tells the tale of a man who faces the pressures of trying to make it in the world and his son’s longing to connect with his father. It begins with the dad saying that he was too busy with work and bills to be there for his son’s “firsts” like walking and talking. @TheDovBaron
  7. 7. The song goes on to say all the ways the father keeps missing out on seeing his son grow, and how the son makes it okay, because he hopes that one day he’ll be just like his father. And one day he does. He grows up and doesn’t have time for his elderly father. It’s heart-breaking. @TheDovBaron
  8. 8. I believe that there is a crisis in the world of multi generational families and it’s a crisis of succession, of continuance. Fathers and sons banging heads, not hearing each other and struggling to let go. @TheDovBaron
  9. 9. Read the full article: link
  10. 10. I eagerly anticipate your feedback and comments. With gratitude, Dov Baron fullmontyleadership.com

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