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REV. Michael Robinson, MS

FEBRUARY - APRIL 2020

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Boys-to-Men, Raising Up Civil Men!

    Recently, while listening to New Edition's song 'Boys to Men' (featuring Johnny Gill on lead vocals), I thought of the character of many male youth today, versus the character of male youth of generations' past. Are today's boys ready to become prominent, productive, and positive men of tomorrow?

Many current era males in America are being raised in single parent households headed by females. According to November 2016 Census data, of the 73.7 million kids under the age of 18yrs. old, 23% of these children are living with and being raised by a single mother, it's the "second most common family arrangement" in America.

    Ms. Tracy Moore, staff writer for MEL Magazine, reported in an April 2019 article, that "one in four kids under the age of 18 are raised without a father, or about 16.4 million children."

    "The statistics on single mother parenting don’t exactly look great. There’s a greater risk of poverty, behavioral problems, suicide, substance abuse and dropping out of high school. Generally speaking, criminals (who are typically male) are more likely to have grown up in a single parent household. Prisons are lousy with fatherless men, and some 92 percent of men currently behind bars are fathers themselves, carrying on the legacy of their own fatherless childhoods," wrote Moore.


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Dating? It’s Complicated!

    Years ago, when a person was asked if he/she were in a dating relationship, a trendy response was "It's complicated."

    Dating relationships can be very complicated. From the angst teens experience in approaching their crush for the first time, to college students experimenting with same sex dating partners, to single moms cautiously dating new guys, to religious folks daring to date others outside their faith, to divorcees finding new love after contentious breakups, to domestic abused and sexually abused victims not fully trusting new dating partners - - dating relationships can indeed be very complicated. 

In an article by Christine Switzer - "Dating Problems" - on, she lists the following major issues that can make dating relationships very complicated...

*Different Expectations 

*Different Backgrounds

*Inadequate or Nonexistent Boundaries

*Differing Levels of Commitment 

*Poor Communication

    These aforementioned issues, if not addressed and resolved, can really undermine the health and well-being of potentially good dating relationships. 


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Tips for a Healthy Marriage

    Over the 2020 Super Bowl weekend, one of my good friends, author Dr. Stephen Jones, challenged me and my wife to write a list of tips for a healthy and successful marriage. As a Pastor and Couples Relationship Counselor, I thought this would be a great activity for me and my wife to work on.

I didn't take this assignment lightly because research reveals how spousal relationships have great impact on workplace performance. In fact, "A surprising new study suggests that personality plays an even bigger role in workplace outcomes than previously thought — but in an unexpected way. Brittany Solomon and Joshua Jackson from Washington University found that while our own personalities influence our job performance, our spouses' personalities are also associated with professional success," reports Dr. Cindi May, a Professor of Psychology at the College of Charleston.

    In a Forbes article, Amy Morin, contributor and international bestselling mental strength author, also cites the Washington University study, "The 5-year study examined 5,000 married people who ranged in age from 19 to 89. Approximately 75% of the sample included homes where both spouses worked. Researchers administered a series of psychological tests to assess participant’s scores in five broad areas of personality–openness, extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, and conscientiousness."


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