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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 163

Raising Sons of Promise

with guest Roland Warren

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | April 18, 2022 | 40:34 min.

Episode 163 | Joining Dr. Meg in this episode is Roland Warren, who invites mothers of sons on a journey not only to heal their hearts, but also to parent their boys to become healthy men, good husbands, and strong fathers.

Today's Guest(s)

A graduate of Princeton University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Roland is an inspirational servant leader with a heart for Christ and a mind for business. After 20 years in the corporate world (with IBM, Pepsi, and Goldman Sachs), Roland spent 11 years as president of National Fatherhood Initiative before joining Care Net in 2012 as president and CEO.

His national media appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, CNN,C-SPAN, Dateline NBC, Fox News Channel, Family News in Focus, and Black Entertainment Television. He has been interviewed by major radio and newspaper outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, O Magazine, Ebony, Sports Illustrated, Christianity Today, Essence, The Tavis Smiley Show, and Janet Parshall’s America. He writes a column for called “Just Sayin’: Musings on Faith, Family, and Freedom,” and is the co-host of Care Net’s podcast, CareCast: Care Net on Family, Faith, andLife.

Roland is the author of the book Bad Dads of the Bible (Zondervan 2014), a fresh look at how some of the most revered men of the Bible made some major fathering mistakes that all dads can learn from. Roland’s newest book, Raising Sons of Promise: A Guide for Single Mothers of Boys was released on December 7, 2021.

Roland is married to Dr. Yvette Lopez-Warren and has two sons — Jamin, a graduate of Harvard University and journalist, and Justin, a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Indiana University of Pennsylvania – and two grandchildren (Gabriel and Selah), who affectionately call him”Pop-pop”, plus a granddaughter on the way.



Roland shares his own story, as a son of a teenage mom, raised with three other siblings in a home without a father present. Out of this upbringing, a passion was planted in his heart, in regards to the impact of the absence of a father in a home. An absence that not only affects the children, but also the single moms left to parent on their own. If you are a single or divorced mother of a boy, you will want to listen in as Roland speaks out of his own personal experience, giving a powerful perspective of what your growing son might say, if he had the emotional maturity and ability to share what’s going on in his heart and mind.


The conversation continues with Roland Warren offering further guidance and wisdom to moms who want to raise their sons in a way that will help them make and keep their commitments, while breaking destructive father-patterns to become better men of character and action.


Thanks for listening to Episode #163, “Raising Sons of Promise” and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach more than FIVE MILLION downloads!

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