What the homeless can teach us about parenting

There was an interesting article published by The Good Men Project this week on what the homeless can teach us about parenting.

The author of the article, Kozo Hattori met with a homeless man Michael. The two recently shared a Thanksgiving meal and struck up a conversation.

According to the article, Michael used to be a truck driver, but hit rock bottom due to drug and alcohol problems. Because of those difficulties, he has been homeless for the last 14 years.

Author of the article, Kozo Hattori

During the meal, Hattori asked Michael “What do you need more than anything else, right here, right now?”

Michael's surprising answer was that the "most difficult part of being homeless was not lack of shelter or food, but not being able to sustain relationships".

Hattori says this should be a reminder that relationships are more important than food and shelter.

According to Hattori, this conversation with Michael was eye-opening and reinforced a number of things he knew about parenting.

Michael said it is hard to “jump the gap of homelessness” without stability. If you think about it, it is hard to jump any gap without stability.My boys will face many gaps in their lives—adolescence, heartbreak, peer pressure, education, joblessness, spirituality. The best way I can support my sons through these transitions is provide them with a stable base to jump from.

Kozo Hittori in his article

Kozo shared many of the parenting tips with Overnight Live presenter Abongile Nzelezele. Click below to listen to the interview...

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