Sunday, February 14, 2010

Baha'i Dads Unite!

I got inspired by a comment on the last edition of Baha'i Dad Chronicles from another Baha'i Dad with a child the same age as Douglass Ali. I wanted to invite the Baha'i Dads out there to share stories and updates about their little ones with Baha'i Thought readers. There's basically two ways you can do this. First, you can share a story in the comment section of each edition of Baha'i Dad Chronicles. Second, if you have a blog where you are sharing stories, updates, photos, videos etc. about your kid that you don't mind other people having access to, let me know and I can mention it in one of my posts. All Baha'i Dads are welcome of course, but as a father of a toddler, I'd personally love hearing from Dads with children in the 0-2 age range.

I think this could be fun and hope some of you guys take me up on it.

"These children must be reared with infinite, loving care, and tenderly fostered in the embraces of mercy, so that they may taste the spiritual honey-sweetness of God's love; that they may become like unto candles shedding their beams across this darksome world, and may clearly perceive what blazing crowns of glory the Most Great Name, the Ancient Beauty, hath set on the brows of His beloved, what bounties He hath bestowed on the hearts of those He holdeth dear, what a love He hath cast into the breasts of humankind, and what treasures of friendship He hath made to appear amongst all men."

(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 21)


  1. My daughter is now 6 but we adopted her when she was 15 mths. She nearly died 4 times before we met and once since. But she's all go now! Here's a picture from when she was 4....

  2. Excellent post Mr. Copeland!

  3. Thanks SMK your daughter is beautiful. Thanks for the encouragement Marlowe.

    Someone just asked me if Dads who are not Baha'is but who are raising Baha'i kids can join in. The answer is absolutely.

  4. I am raising, along with my wife, our 10-year-daughter. Mom is Dominican, I am white. She attends an "elite" private school (which is why I am at work today!)
    Stories: last night, after a long playdate, my daughter had an abortive attempt to accept an invitation to kids night at the local country club with an upper middle class African American family whose daughter she was in school with last year. It did not work out since they were running late and my daughter had the wrong clothes on (no jeans). I was able to text message the dad about "sorry, etc, next time, thanks, etc" and our daughter needed Mom's comforting for a bit, but we survived.
    The irony is this is a black family that lives 2 notches above us economically (I don't have a prayer of affording a country club membership-not sure I would know what to do with it). In our interactions it is confusing to be BOTH a member of the historically oppressing majority AND the laggard economically. My Baha'i ideals in these situations (and my wife's solid groundedness) become extremely stabilizing. Ah, how full is the world of illusion!