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From Support To Proactive: The Evolution of Fatherhood

I try hard to support my children, but they always choose the wrong hobby or sport. So now I'm going into "proactive mode" as a father. Later in life my children can choose what they want.
Scott Brown, Deseret News Service Modified: July 30, 2014 at 11:42 pm •  Published: August 13, 2014

It’s not easy raising children, especially if you want to live vicariously through them. I’ve tried hard to be the type of father who will support his kids no matter what, but they always seem to choose the wrong hobbies and sports. I have no choice but to be more “proactive” and help my children help me reach my potential as a father.

One of the “musts” on my list is running. I won’t bore you with all of my achievements as a youngster, but let’s just say "Scott Brown" and "Olympics" were used in the same sentence more than once. Just ask my mother. Or my grandmother. The talk sort of died down when I turned twelve and other kids became faster, but there were still a few whisperings here and there.

Can you believe my oldest son refuses to run? Just to tease me he joined the high school track team and, get this, he’s pole vaulting. I begged him to try the 200 … or the 400 … or the 800. Anything! And he did. Once. That’s it. He did pretty good, but apparently he didn’t like it or it interferes with his pole vaulting, or something like that.

I get it. I really do. I live in Arizona and the temperature is like a million degrees from April to October. Those aren’t the best running conditions. But it’s usually cool at 4:00 a.m. (except June to September), so it is a weak excuse.

Here’s hoping that one of my remaining five children will fall in love with running.

Another “must” is football. It’s not that complicated, really. Run and play football; reach your potential in both sports; and then do whatever else you want. That’s my philosophy as a father.

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