Black Dad Connection’s core approach is informed by our seven Not Super Powers. These Not Super Powers are the subtle themes derived from the book Not Superdad, the very personal fatherhood book written by the Keith D. Morton. Combined they create the foundation for what we believe helps make good fathers. The 7 Not Super Powersare not tricks, and do not require a dad to be able to fly or lift cars or see though walls. They are things that any dad can do if he wants to and commits to it. We do not cultivate parenting skills per se (there are many wonderful organizations out there doing that work, as well as hundreds of books). This BDC approach is about promoting a lifestyle that can be modified and customized to fit the needs of each dad at every stage of fatherhood. In other words, if you are a father and already incorporate one or two (or more) of these Not Super Powers into your life, then you can continue your personal journey by adding to, and expanding your repertoire. With a co-focus on health and disease prevention and managing existing conditions, Black Dad Connection strives to keep dads alive.
The 7 Not Super Powers are as follows:
There are some diseases that disproportionately affect black men. These diseases include: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, prostate cancer, colon cancer and others. Many of these ailments have genetic origins and their prevalence is amplified by poor lifestyle choices. Knowing your risk for these life threatening diseases and doing what you can to prevent them does not require super powers, only a commitment to staying alive for as long as you can for the sake of your children. In addition to physical health, mental health and positive thinking is vital to the success of a father. Keeping the mind functioning in a positive and healthy way takes as much effort as lifting weights and eating well and should be acknowledged as such.
Personal growth can happen through learning. Learning and developing knowledge builds confidence, earning potential and a sense of accomplishment. It can come in the form of a college degree, taking continuing education courses, earning certifications, or pursuing independent study. It does not have to