This article is reprinted from Father’s Day June 2009
by Anthony J Sepe
Dads facing new challenges
This post is in memory of my dad. I love you and miss you. There is work; there is family; there is demand, which must be balanced. The third Sunday in June offers a predictable tradition: Dad’s favorite meal and maybe a necktie, aftershave and a card.
The challenges of fatherhood on the other hand, are changing at wrap speed. Parents’ roles overlap or flip-flop entirely. The marriage demands attention—and all that is going on in the anxiety-laden context of rising taxes, high fuel prices, and constant belt-tightening, and raising children.
Valuing family over career reflects a vital shift in attitude, but it appears that so much of men’s identification is packaged in being good providers for their families. Dad is more than an ATM. Dad is more than running to him when mom says ‘no.’ Dad is more than his laughter or joke or two, or three. Dad is special because he, too, brought life into this world. Lest we not forget: everyone of us face challenges, too. We face challenges about whether or not to make the proper choices to eat healthy, daily. Ask yourself: do I want this,which is healthy for me or do I want that, which is not so healthy for me. Only you know. Therefore, most of you know that Weight Watcher’s is very near and dear to my heart because I used to teach the program classes, and here is a Health-e recipe to help you on your way:
Baked Red Snapper
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
4 (8 oz.) red snapper fillets
1 medium onion, thinly sliced into rings
2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush x9 baking dish with 1 teaspoon of the oil. Arrange the fish fillets in dish;brush with remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Arrange onion over fish; top with tomatoes and bell pepper.
- Cover dish with foil;bake until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 20 minutes.
Happy Father’s Day,