Beleaf’s father did not live with him and his mother, but visited occasionally. “I could say, ‘Man, I wish I had a better growing up, but if it wasn’t for those things, I wouldn’t do what I was doing now.’” He says that without a father in the house, it will be hard for boys to learn how to be men, that they will only learn from their peers. There are tens of millions of fatherless homes in America, an epidemic plaguing families and especially kids.

“I think men believe that as long as they are providing financially, they don’t have to do anything else. It’s such a sad belief. I wish more men could understand how important it is to put down your phone, put down whatever you’re focused on, look into your kids eyes.”

Beleaf thinks that many parents want to raise their children to be well-behaved children, rather than becoming strong adults.