Responsibility of Young Love

June 16, 2015 · 0 comments

in Great Dads, Learning on the job

In an age when many parents, especially teenage fathers and fathers-to-be, shirk responsibility at the first sign that the going is getting rough, it’s so refreshing to see a young man do just the opposite.

As reported by Jim McCrabb of the Middletown Journal (see “Father of 14, Now a College Graduate”), Larry Danner, Jr. became a father at the very unripe age of 14.   Unlike most teen parents, he and his girlfriend stayed together to raise the child, and actually had a second child during his junior year of high school.  They married shortly after he completed high school.  Danner has worked numerous jobs to keep his family together, attended college, and recently graduated this spring from Miami University Middletown in Oxford, Ohio.

The quote I love the most from the story is the one that suggests Danner has the will and determination to be a great dad, “I had to come up with a plan.” That’s what great dads do.  They figure it out.  They don’t rely solely on other people or programs to eliminate or solve their problems.  They come up with plans and work to execute those plans.

Congratulations, Mr. Danner.  Your story gives a whole new meaning to the term “dads and grads.”




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