There have been scores of studies that talk about the need for positive adult male influence in the development of boys. My own experience points to the accuracy of those studies. I can point to a number of adult men who were critical in my development, without whom, I would have become a very different man. I am so thankful for them... especially two that I will name publicly - Charlie Appel and Earl Creps. There were others and of course, my father played a significant role although father/son dynamics being what they are, it wasn't until I was an adult that I began to appreciate George Donkin.
Yesterday, Cheryl and I saw a wonderful film that highlights both the positives and negatives of those relationships between adult men and teenage boys The Way Way Back. The relationship between Duncan and Owen is critical in both of their lives and both come out as better people in significant ways because of the ways they touched one another. I highly, highly recommend this film and invite any adult readers to think about the teens in your life and the ways that you can be a positive influence in their lives. Know that it will impact them in ways you cannot imagine and will likely change your life too.