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Oxford resident reaches out to single parents with magazine

"Helping Mothers Raise Our Brothers" is a parenting magazine designed to help single mothers.

"Helping Mothers Raise Our Brothers" is a parenting magazine designed to help single mothers.

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Oxford resident Bobby Mackey, left, displays the magazine he published, "Helping Mothers Raise Our Brothers," at a magazine signing he held at the Walmart in Madison. Shown with Mackey is Walmart employee Renee Floyd and Floyd's daughter.

Bobby Mackey grew up in a single-parent household, and watched his mother struggle to keep her family together.

"She's a good lady. She died two years ago when I was 26," Mackey said. "We had a troubled childhood, and we watched her go through domestic violence situations."

Mackey said even though he had a rough time in high school, he managed to recover and earn his bachelor's degree.

Now, Mackey wants to help other young men like himself by providing their mothers with the resources they need to effectively parent their sons and daughters.

The Oxford resident recently published, at his own expense, the first of what he hopes is a series of magazines on parenting. The publication is called, "Helping Our Mothers Raise Our Brothers," and contains 32 pages of articles written by himself and others, which provide guidance to single mothers on how to strengthen the relationships with their sons, and assist them in being successful in life.

"I truly believe that this magazine is one that my mother could have found beneficial while she was living," said Mackey.

Mackey said the magazine's content aims to help mothers "elevate, motivate and educate."

"After you have all those things, you can inspire a new relationship with your son," said Mackey.

The magazine contains advice from sports figures like retired Florida State University Seminoles football coach Bobby Bowden who said God should be the priority in a child's life, then family, and then education.

The content also emphasizes parental involvement in a child's life, especially at school.

After earning his college degree in criminal justice, Bowden worked as a probation parole officer for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice for several years, and now is now the director of education for the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Georgia.

He is also a motivational speaker and presenter who visits churches, schools and other organizations to inspire children and their families to set goals and achieve them.

"You can do so much but I think it takes internal motivation, the will to do more, perseverance, and just knowing that there is something out there that you are destined for and you just have to go for it," Mackey said.

Mackey said he sold about 800 copies of his magazine, which he hopes to publish quarterly. The next issue will focus on helping fathers raise daughters.

He plans to use the magazine and motivational speaking engagements as a springboard to create an even greater resource for parents and children.

"My vision is to own my own organization that would go into communities that would build them from the ground up," said Mackey.

"Helping Our Mothers Raise Our Brothers," sells for $4.99 and can be purchased through Amazon. For more information, visit "helping parents raise our children" on Facebook.