A dad and son pledge goes viral: ‘Today I’ll be empowered by my teachers’

A New Jersey father is getting a lot of applause for a daily pledge that he and his 6-year-old son recite on the way to school. His video of their morning ritual is going viral.

A former teacher, Jenabu C. Williams is a school board member in East Orange, N.J., and directs a group that works with youth.

Their morning pledge seems like a great way to start the day and inspire a child.

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CSpinks
CSpinks

A physically mature male can help make a baby.


But it takes a Man to help rear his child.

CSpinks
CSpinks

An inspirational Dad is somebody every child needs.


But our kids, particularly our poor ones, tend to receive insufficient paternal inspiration,,, and insufficient nurturing from their Dads, for that matter.

Oh Please!!
Oh Please!!

That is a great idea which I have utliized for my boys since they could speak (pre-school).  Our affirmation is not as long as I want them to truly memorize, and live it daily. Our affirmation is seven or so lines. It addresses character and integrity. My sons can recite it in their heads during the day when challenges arise, at least that's the idea. Bravo to this father as well for using the power of affirmation.

CSpinks
CSpinks

@Oh Please!! Yesterday NPR's "All Things Considered" broadcast a story about two Chicago minority families' dealing with the vagaries of inspiring living among the vicissitudes of our violence-, gang-, and corruption-damaged "Windy City." Their audacious stories should provide others hope that doing the difficult is not impossible.

MaureenDowney
MaureenDowney moderator

@Wascatlady That is a post running tomorrow. Not sure why it showed up as it is still in scheduled mode, not publish.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

"When I'm confronted with a problem or conflict, I think before I react.  I ignore all negative influences. . . .Let's go." 

Mr. Williams AND his son are to be commended! Where would his son be without him is the main or central message within this video.

I am a highly motivated Transformation leader with exceptional organization, writing, and oratory skills. Over the past 17 years I've utilizing a disciplined approach that minimizes risk and maximizes opportunities. Results matter...

More so than empty slogans. 

I would be interested in knowing the specifics of Mr. Williams' conflict resolution practices when ignoring the negative influences fails. As years go by, peers have a way of infiltrating 

Keep him close, Mr. Williams.  

Jenabu Williams
Jenabu Williams

If this video motivates and encourages fathers to establish bedrock relationships with their son's then to God be the glory!! Thank you for sharing this story Maureen! JCW

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

From Mr. Williams bio:


"Mr. Williams is currently the Executive Director of Sigma Community Enrichment Initiative (SCEI). SCEI is a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit organization based out of Newark, NJ and their mission is to provide youth and young adults facing adversity with strong, enduring, professional services and mentoring services that will change their lives for the better. SCEI partners with families, volunteers, organizations and the community at large to inspire positive change through education, scholarships, community enrichment, and other charitable activities."

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A great model for all communities.  Thank you for your service and for your inspiration in behalf of all children, Mr. Williams.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

"I think before I react.  I ignore all negative influences. . . .Let's go."

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Beautiful.

Travelfish
Travelfish

Lucky kid. As recently as the 1960s most black children had a father in the home to help guide them.

How did it all go so wrong since then?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@Travelfish So did most white kids--their biological father, not "daddy of the week" or "mom's boyfriend."  In many communities this is true.  How did it all go so wrong since then?


When I first started teaching I had ONE child from a divorced/unmarried home.  Now, finding one with the original, married pair-bond is unusual.