All over the World, at different times and on different days Fathers are revered for their role in the Family and society at large. In the U.S. that day is the 3rd Sunday in June. According to one dictionary, “Father” is defined as:
1. a male parent.
2. a father-in-law, stepfather, or adoptive father.
3. any male ancestor, especially the founder of a race, family, or line; progenitor.
4. a man who exercises paternal care over other persons; paternal protector or provider
Yet as with any word there are gaps in the definition that may not reflect the current role 9 (or gender of the person fulfilling this role).
The word “Foster” is defined as:
Verb (used with object)
1. To promote the growth or development of; further; encourage: to foster new ideas.
2. To bring up, raise, or rear, as a foster child.
3. To care for or cherish.
Through the last 10 years my wife and I have had the unique pleasure of Fostering 23 children and adopting 4. All different ages, ethnicities and genders have passed through our home and hearts teaching us as we taught them.
I’d invite you to share your thoughts and experiences on the current role of a Father as well as a look into how, if at all, it has evolved. Are we moving toward a more enlightened time were gender is less of a factor in Parenting than role? How do our interactions with our own Fathers influence our perceptions and is that good or restrictive? If promoting the growth of others is a type of Fostering, how can we incorporate it into our daily spiritual regimen?
As herculean as this task may be through the limited scope of 140 characters, I invite you to join in the #SpiritChat discussion to share your thoughts on “Fostering and Love” on Sunday, June 15th at 9am ET / 1pm GMT / 2pm UK / 6:30pm India. Thank you.
Bryan Armstrong is and Leadership, Management and Marketing Consultant specializing in the Automotive Industry; A determined, disciplined pragmatist who has excelled in today’s challenging retail atmosphere. Combining creativity, innovation and perfection of process to knock both strategic and tactical home runs and maximize profit both in sales and fixed ops. An early adopter and evangelist of ‘Transparency” and “Servant Leadership” before either were Industry buzzwords.
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Join our special co-host Bryan Armstrong on June 15th, as part of our guest host series of twitter chats in #SpiritChat. Bryan has been a long time participant and supporter of the community of #SpiritChat folks – than you, Bryan!
The complete transcript for the chat is available at bit.ly/sc-tr-0615 and the hand-crafted storify summary is available at http://sfy.co/ajMk – Enjoy!
Here are the questions asked during the chat…
Q1. What feelings or emotions does the word “Foster” evoke for you? v/@bryancarguy #spiritchat
Q2. Is a close personal or biological relationship necessary to foster someone? v/@bryancarguy #spiritchat
Q3. What role if any does gender play in the type of fostering we do or ways we express love? v/@bryancarguy #spiritchat
Q4. What role if any did your own Father have in your growth? Has that impacted the way you parent/foster? v/@bryancarguy #spiritchat
Q5. What is the connection between forgiveness and Love? v/@bryancarguy #spiritchat
Q6. Is love a necessary component of effective fostering? Why or why not? v/@bryancarguy #spiritchat
Q7. What is the primary motivation behind your desire to ‘foster’ others? v/@bryancarguy #spiritchat
Q8. Is it important that the person being fostered knows your motive(s)? Why or why not? v/@bryancarguy #spiritchat
Q9. What is the tipping point at which “foster” becomes “family” (in name or thought)? v/@bryancarguy #spiritchat
Q10. Share what steps you can take to promote the growth (foster) someone this week. v/@bryancarguy #SpiritChat