Bitcoiner Dads Leverage Proof-of-Work Parenting

This Father’s Day, Bitcoiner daddies are encouraged to remember to raise sovereign individuals through proof-of-work parenting.

This is an opinion editorial by George Mekhail, Marketing Director of Bitcoin 2023 and co-author of “Thank God For Bitcoin”.

Becoming a dad is easy. Most men in the United States have. Merely become a dad is not that impressive. Congratulations, you have participated in the miracle of procreation, doing one of the things you probably love the most. But now what?

It’s only after the child is born that things become a real challenge for dads, unlike moms who start going through monumental life changes months before. Any dad who has some level of humility and self-awareness will admit that there was apprehension and uncertainty when his first born came into the world and Bitcoiner dad knows that in the beginning, there is not much evidence of work that can be claimed for their child.

The intense feeling of inadequacy that first-time dads feel can be a little embarrassing, but luckily it doesn’t last long. Life itself has prepared you for this moment! Your DNA has instructions encoded within your very being, describing what to do next. Yet the disheartening realization that you now have another whole human being to take care of is an almost universal feeling for new dads that begs the question: What now?

From dad to dad

You bring the child home and the feeling of inadequacy begins to give way to a deeper, inescapable sense of duty. The answer to this call is when dads consciously and joyfully take on the responsibility of fatherhood, when they accept the challenge that is more than just become a dad. There is a decision that is necessary to go from being a father to claiming the honorary title of father.

Unfortunately, many fathers delay this decision or disqualify themselves through neglect or abuse. Some reluctantly try to skate doing the bare minimum out of a sense of obligation and with great bitterness and contempt for the child. But those of us who accept the natural challenge to love and care for our offspring are rewarded and endowed with gifts we never knew we had. Suddenly, intuitive powers emerge in the father as if passed down from our ancestors. Gifts we have learned from our fathers and role models as well as deep wisdom we have absorbed from our life experiences. Between diaper changes and sleepless nights, we can now claim a less embarrassing level of contribution to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of this little creature.

Neat, you’ve gone from being a father to easily taking on the responsibility of fatherhood. Not easy! But let’s be honest, you still haven’t done much. You certainly haven’t done as much as mom. And not that it’s a competition, but at this point it’s just a fact.

Again the Bitcoiner dad is not happy with his contribution thus far, we know deep down that our participation in this equation demands more of us if we are to accept a “Happy Father’s Day” every June and retain our integrity. We spend many sleepless nights contemplating what will become of this child. How are we going to handle this huge responsibility? How are we going to guide them through an uncertain world as they grow and mature before our eyes? This is the next step in effective fatherhood. At this point, when you ask “now what?” you’re hit with the sad reality that it’s time to become a parent.

The Bitcoiner Parent Raises Sovereign Individuals

The transition to parenthood is not a leap everyone takes. Many find themselves stuck in the day-to-day business of simple fatherhood. For some, this means ensuring the physical safety and well-being of the child and providing for their practical needs. In a way, it’s honorable and a bigger contribution to the circle of life than many fathers can claim. But maybe our calling demands more of us than just sustaining life or making sure the kid doesn’t rush down a busy street. The evolution from fatherhood to parenthood means actively guiding and desiring your children to become better versions of you.

Parenting is hard work that includes daily difficulty adjustments. I would say it starts when your child starts forming sentences and then really ramps up when they can feed themselves. It’s almost like this subtle pride is forming in the child and he has these ideas that he doesn’t need you anymore because now he can pour his own bowl of cereal. A parent’s response to this affront requires supernatural patience, which is continuously tested from this point on.

My children are sovereign individuals in training. I recognize my authority in their lives as a father while balancing the responsibility of raising them well as one of their parents. In fact, any authority I claim is far less effective if I haven’t earned their respect. My goal is to be sincere in my desire that they go beyond all aspects of my own life. Transmitting this desire through action requires my constant participation in their lives. I’m not their BFF, I’m their dad. I’m not their friend, I’m their dad. And until they become independent of me and their mother by standing alone as truly sovereign individuals, I am their parent.

The world is only becoming more uncertain and in the face of such uncharted territory, there are few responsibilities more essential to human progress than effective parenting. Being honest and transparent with your children is key. Teaching them the realities of our world’s broken systems and not shielding them from its uncomfortable trajectory is essential, even if it can be dark and treacherous at times.

Fortunately, Bitcoin parents can offer practical hope to their children through the emergence and global adoption of a sound currency. Our children are not only beneficiaries of our belief, they become co-collaborators in our quest for hyperbitcoinization. If your goal is to one day leave this world better than you found it, perhaps the best way to do that is to focus on parenting your children with the goal of surpassing yourself in as an individual in every possible way. You are not in competition with your child, you want him to be better than you. This is evolution 101.

There’s little more to it than putting a roof over their heads and food on the table. There is immense joy in contributing meaningfully to the success of the next generation by embracing your role as dad, father, and most importantly, parent.

Happy Father’s Day!

This is a guest post by George Mekhail. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.

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