Mike Bivins Of New Edition Tells How He Learned From His Dad’s Mistakes
live with us. So after we chilled for a few, he would slide us some money for our pockets and then go on about his business. Still, to this day, we still chill and receive cards with money inside. We are a lot alike in our body frames, our noses and lips and our love for sports. Now I accept that I’m short because of him. It was hard at first, but I said I might be small, but I know how to ball on that basketball court. I’m the smallest in New Edition and BBD. (haaa, whateva!)
To me there is a difference between a father and daddy. When I married my wife, Teasha, I knew that now that I had my own family and three beautiful little girls, I was gonna make time to raise them and help them understand who they are and not who I wanted them to be. Savannah, 7, Shilah,6 and Starlah, 2, aka the Lil’ Supremes, call me Daddy.
This is my perspective on daddies and fathers! Your kids call you Daddy because of the time you spend with them and the love you share with words and moments in the same house. Fathers sometimes don’t live in the house and come around every now and again. When some kids introduce their dads, they say ‘That’s my father.’ My kids say ‘That’s my daddy.’
This holiday doesn’t get as much attention and acknowledgment as Mother’s Day. We know that women hold the house down and many Black family households are broken. My home has a foundation of love including praying as a family. Time always = love and it helps the character of your children to speak and walk in truth.
Happy Father’s Day to those that are in heaven and on earth! Luv is Luv, Mike Biv aka Daddy.
Michael Bivins made some excellent points. What he’s saying reminds me of that Old School saying “money can’t buy love.” That saying can apply to the concept of being a Daddy also. A family could have very little money, but be be abundantly rich in love. A Father can provide all of the child support payments on time and send birthday and Christmas gifts until he’s blue in the face, but it will be the moments when he taught his son how to confront his fear of standing up to bully at school, or the moment he held his little girl’s hand while they took a walk in the park, allowing her to just talk about anything she wanted while he keenly listened to her-indirectly teaching her what qualities she should eventually seek in a man when she becomes a young woman…those will be the type of memories and Daddy bonding moments that they’ll be grateful for the most.
If you are a Father who has been in your child’s life, we salute you on this day 100%.
We also want to remind any man who hasn’t been there as much as you feel that you should have for your children, that it’s NEVER too late to step up to the plate…as long as you still have breathe in your body, it’s never too late. Don’t let the fear, or the guilt overshadow what you think is the right thing to do for your child.
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