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Terry J. Shelton | Father Hunger - How Father Absence Impacts Our Youth

Terry J. Shelton

Husband, Dad, Entrepreneur


I’m Terry Shelton, my lovely wife Cheneata, my beautiful daughters Ashari, and Aiyanna. I was introduced to the Fatherhood Program by Mr. Hicks, being a husband, father of two beautiful daughters, he caught my attention by mentioning the father facts concerning the absent father in the home and the affect it is having on our young children.

The more research I did on the absent father in the home, the more it was reaching out to me that I need to get involved to make a difference for our children. When I discovered 1 out of 3 children will sleep absent from their biological father tonight, when I found Father Hunger and the impact it is having on our young children, I knew I had to get involved.

Father Hunger explained many things to me including the way I felt about my own dad being in the home, but not in the home, if you know what I mean.  You see my dad was in the household until I was around 15 years old.  But there is no such thing as quality time when it comes to our children it is all about quantity of time.  Most of my memories of my dad come from my youthful years (5 – 10 years of age).  The lack of quantity of time caused several issues for me that I will share on this site as I help other dads in their role to be a championship dad.

I committed very early in life that if I ever was blessed enough to have any kids, I would treat my role as their father as one of the most important jobs in my life.  You see I have seen lots of examples all around me of how not to do things.  I love sports just like the next man but why do we spend thousands of hours watching our favorite sports teams and the average male spends less than 20 minutes per day with their child.  Who is winning the championship for your kids?

The problem of absent father in the home is no small issue, it is affecting more than 24 million children each day and I’m so grateful to be part of Reunite Fatherhood Families, Inc., because I know we are making a difference. So why don’t you become an RffDad and help us make a difference one family at a time.

Career

Currently working as an IT Consultant in the Richmond, Va. area.  I have had a tremendous career in the IT industry for the past 17 years.  Including a 15 year career at Circuit City corporate offices before the company went into bankruptcy.  I gained a passion for computers during high school and have achieved several goals through developing my passion for computer technology.

As a child, I worked in the family cleaning business for many years starting at age 5.  Chores at home was also a part of life.  As I turned older, each summer I would spend time in North Carolina with my family working on my grandfathers farm picking vegetables, feeding animals, and working with tobacco.  This taught me the value for hard  work very early in life.

As my career advanced in the IT industry with outsourcing, long hours, 24 hour on-call, I started a family and decided that I needed to expand my abilities and decided to move into some entrepreneurial opportunities.   So many people have poured into me over the years and it is so important to give back and help others. My passion and desire is to help people reach their full potential in family and in business.


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