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The Power of Young Fathers
Embrace Peak Masculinity and Shape a Bright Future for Your Children
When a man becomes a father, he ascends to the pinnacle of masculinity. - Zac Small
The journey to the peak of being a man begins with the foundation of manhood itself, where strength, pride, confidence, and ego are honed, where the intricate dynamics of the male hierarchy are grasped. Here, men discover their purpose in the world, and it’s here that we find men take their understandings to the families they start, and it defines every decision and action they take.
The strength and conviction of this developed man determine the worth of every title he takes on thereafter.
Moving further up the ladder of masculine development is the role of becoming a lover, where a man manifests the self he has cultivated (the warrior) and engages with women. This stage unravels the mysteries of desire, leading a man to unveil what he seeks while deciphering the language of the fairer sex. From here, he can carefully choose his lifelong companion, share his resources, and ultimately decide whom it is that he wants to bring forth his legacy.
A boy becomes a beast with all the power that exists in men, and then he learns to balance the duality with his romantic desires and nature. Once this is achieved, the boy, who is now a man, is primed to take on the next phase of personal development.
At the very apex of this pyramid of masculinity lies the greatest challenge and reward: fatherhood.
Here, every tool a man possesses is put to the test day after day until the end of his days.
Fatherhood demands constant vigilance, for a father knows that his children will embrace and replicate his actions rather than his advice. Thus, he must always portray what strength, love, compassion, and wisdom look like for his children to thrive in an ever-evolving world.
Now, let us delve into why embracing fatherhood at a young age yields immense benefits, debunking the misconceptions surrounding this choice.
To begin, younger fathers emanate a vibrant energy and unyielding enthusiasm that surpasses their older counterparts. Young fathers can better keep pace with their children’s active lives. Unlike those weary from life's tribulations, these young fathers possess the patience to teach and play with their offspring wholeheartedly. Furthermore, their fresh perspectives and up-to-date understandings of the world equip them with innovative problem-solving skills, guiding their children through the complexities of the modern era.
Time, undoubtedly, is a priceless asset when it comes to nurturing bonds with one's children. Younger fathers possess the gift of abundant time, as the sooner you have children, the longer you enjoy their presence in the world. The extended life expectancy of younger men ensures a longer journey alongside their progeny, leading to deeper connections and shared experiences.
Evidence supports this narrative, as statistics reveal a significant increase in the age of fathers in recent years. There are men who inadvertently alter the demographics by waiting longer to embrace fatherhood, ultimately resulting in fewer offspring. I’m the father of two, and while I had children young, I was not one who started early to have as many as possible. But, the two I have were given the best of me, as they have me at the pinnacle of my life and growth, whereas waiting until 40 or 50 would have had them a part of the inevitable decline without having seen the apex.
The fact that older fathers are more likely to be preoccupied with established careers and declining physical capacity highlights the undeniable advantages of becoming a father at a younger age.
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Young fathers epitomize the essence of role models.
These youthful family men demonstrate the art of building a strong foundation while fulfilling familial duties. By exemplifying responsibility, they teach their children the invaluable skill of balancing work and family life. Unlike their more seasoned counterparts, young fathers remain attuned to contemporary trends and ever-evolving technology, empowering their children to stay informed and adapt to an ever-changing world. In this guiding of their children, they are also developing themselves.
My children have repeatedly watched me try, fail, and rebuild. They are watching me live, learn, adapt, and overcome before their eyes. If they’d only seen me in my years of “success”, this crucial piece of my story (the building) would have been missed.
It must be understood that the lesson young fathers impart through their resilience is their growth themselves. As they encounter various challenges, such as different jobs, educational pursuits, and personal goals, they continually exhibit the ability to bounce back and persevere.
Individuals tend to become complacent with age, avoiding discomfort and eschewing strenuous endeavors. Consequently, their children seldom witness their attempts and failures at overcoming hurdles. I’m not saying all, but I will say many fall into this category. Due to age, mindset, or sheer exhaustion from life, men calm down noticeably as they reach 50+.
Ultimately, the transformative power of fatherhood is truly experienced when a child is held in a man's arms, a powerful reminder that he now bears a tangible responsibility. While marriage provides a taste of this commitment, nothing compares to the bond forged with one's son or daughter. The sooner a man embraces fatherhood, the longer he can cultivate a profound sense of duty and purpose.
Young fathers who have broken the modern mold of “wait to have kids because you can be a child yourself forever” are unencumbered by societal norms and external pressures, allowing them to provide for their families wholeheartedly.
I’m in favor of putting an end to the condemnation of those who choose to embark on the journey of family life at a young age. The positive benefits of young fatherhood are undeniable: boundless energy and enthusiasm, quality time spent with children, generous financial leeway to fail and grow, and a long-term perspective for personal growth before the children’s eyes.
Embracing fatherhood in one's youth unlocks a rewarding experience that shapes the future of children for the better.
Fatherhood is the apex of masculinity.
- Zachary Small