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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

The Shaw children’s rite of passage to manhood

Posted Sept 14, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

My grandparents tried to make men out of my daddy and uncles.

In the midst of a family, where there was never a dull moment, after they became teenagers, my uncles had courting lives, and their clothes changed with their new status. While growing up, they wore knee pants. When they began courting, Granddaddy let them wear long trousers. It was then they felt like grown men, though they were still under Granddaddy’s authority. He implemented the rite of passage, relentlessly, as each son turned old enough to get long trousers.

There should be a ritual (morals, work ethic, respect, good relationships, and age) to manhood and womanhood in every family in this land to make boys into good men, husbands, and fathers and girls into good women, wives, and mothers. When parents do not teach their children these statuses, they often perform their poorly throughout life. It takes teaching to make boys good men and fathers and girls, good women and good mothers.

We need well-taught children in our race and rituals today for them to go through and become good young adults, married fathers, good fathers who raise good millennial children. If they are not family-taught, by precept an example, to fulfill family rituals and how to be adults, how will they learn? Please do not let your millennials and your neighbors’ millennials miss this beneficial knowledge that will prepare them for life.

Grab your millennials today and make certain they grow up learning how to be young adults, good dates, good husbands, and good fathers and this means you should model and establish good life in stages, using the suggestions outlined, to help them become upright and strong men and women in all areas of their lives.

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