By Mishara Walker
In today’s society, more and more children grow up in single parent homes. Most of the time the dads in these situations are painted as the bad guy or deadbeats. These negative stories seem to permeate mainstream life. Anita T. Gibbs plans to change this view with her series of books, Superdaddies: The Series.
Committed to sharing positive stories about fathers and relationships with their children, this Cass Tech alumna created the series to touch on the issues across the racial and socioeconomic lines families around the world face. It focuses on issues such as father and child relationships, custodial weekend activities and normal life experiences.
“Most dads are not appreciated. I wanted my stories to embrace father child relationships because all dads are not dead beats,” said Gibbs. On the series’ Facebook page she defines a superdaddy as “any man who makes a deliberate attempt to enrich the lives of children…especially his own.”
“Daddy, I Can Read It For You” is a story about a middle-aged divorced father and his special relationship with his gifted son and tween daughter as they explore the values of healthy eating. It inspires children.
“Daddy’s Magic Stamp” takes a fun look at the technology and the use of a QR Code (Quick Response) in exchange for a GPS type device or Microchip that could be used to locate or find a child.
Gibbs strongly urges men to mentor young boys so that they clearly understand that:
- Boys are students: Men are teachers
- Boys ask questions: Men give answers
- Boys run in gangs: Men organize teams
- Boys play house: Men build homes
- Boys shack up: Men get married
- Boys make babies: Men raise children
- A boy won’t raise his own children: A man will raise his and somebody else’s
- Boys invent excuses for failure: Men produce strategies for success
- Boys look for somebody to take care of them: Men look for somebody to take care of
- Boys seek popularity: Men demand respect, so give it to them!!
“In times such as these, we need reminders about the fact that “quality” men and fathers do, indeed, exist and how they provide security, love and reassurance to their children,” said Dr. Kathy A. Morrow, clinical psychologist, in a What’s a 411 article.
“Daddy, I Broke My Snowball” reminds us of the vast influence that committed fathers provide for their children, especially girls, as is depicted in this heart-warming story. Such simple things as building a “snow-woman” provide unique opportunities to bond and reinforce the sacredness of fatherhood; this is a touching example of how empowerment and self-esteem is cultivated in both boys and girls,” she said.
The Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DACEP) has also endorsed her books and is using them in their programs.