“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him
to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them,
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God
like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms,
placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Mark 10:13-16 (NIV)
In most of Canada four decades ago, fathers were not allowed into the delivery room to witness their child being born. Being of a persistent mindset, I took the time to persuade our doctor to allow me into the delivery room for the births of my oldest sons.
Then, as I sought to be a faithful father, I took my turns at feeding and changing my children. In those days many men did not think it “manly” to engage in “mothers’ work”. So, seeking to maintain esteem in my friends’ eyes, I did not tell them about how much I enjoyed caring for my infant children.
Now, society—or should I say, men in particular—see value in bonding with their children by doing their share of duty in the nursery and feeding their children. I am happy to report that my sons’ followed my example and assisted with the duties of caring for their children.