You can’t change your past, but you can change your future.
BE THE DAD YOUR CHILD NEEDS
Fathers play a unique and irreplaceable role in their children’s lives. According to Dr. Austen, that role includes being a guide—helping children find their way in a world that can be disorienting, overwhelming, and discouraging.
With a parent in prison, your child’s world may be especially challenging. Your child might be told that they will never amount to anything, or that they are destined to go to prison themselves. You can help by sending the opposite message. Tell your children that they matter—that they have value, abilities, and potential. If they know you believe in them, it will be easier for them to believe they can succeed.
Parenting from prison is hard. There are challenges at every turn, and regrets about the past might make you doubt whether you can help. But by choosing to be involved in your children’s education today, you can show them that you want to be the involved, responsible, and committed father they deserve. And while you can’t change your past, you can change your future—and you can help shape theirs.