I am now 25 and feel more confident than ever in my ability as a father. Though temporarily removed from the physical day-to-day pleasures of parenting due to my Ph.D. program, my presence is still felt in my daughter’s life. I video chat with her several times per week via FaceTime to help with homework, provide guidance and nurture her ambitions as she blossoms into an outstanding young lady. With encouragement, reassurance, support, nurturing and love, my daughter will become a productive adult.
I strongly believe a father who can say he has raised his child or children to think independently and rationally — regardless of the situation — deserves to call himself a great parent. Hopefully, when my daughter comes of age, I will be privileged enough to consider myself a great parent.
Clinton Boyd, a Chicago native, is a doctoral student specializing in race and urban studies at Georgia State University.