Just in time for Father’s Day here are a couple of good books hot off the press for the dads of the world.
The AAP has published a book just for dads. It’s written by a pediatrician-father and mixes humor and advice to give dads confidence and guidance. This book, Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro offers info on diaper changing, crying babies, temper tantrum, and more. This book is a must for fathers of young children. It’s practical and written in a way that makes sense and delivers a chuckle too!
An option for fathers of older sons is written by a local dad Mike McCormick. His book, ManQuest has a strong Christian component so may not be for everyone but even if you’re not spiritual, the focus of the book which is to have frequent and meaningful discussions about taking responsibility, leading with courage, protecting your heart, having deep and meaningful relationships, not pretending to be someone you’re not, and growing closer to God. It can sometimes be so difficult to even begin a conversation but this book was borne out of a group of fathers who wanted to guide their sons through the challenges of the teenage years and the pressures of society as active parents. This book has concrete exercises along with discussions and suggestions for activities to reinforce your relationship with your son and help him grow up to be a man who can be proud of his thoughts and actions.
Take some time as Father’s Day approaches to think about what your strengths and weaknesses are as a parent and recommit to a strong and involved relationship with your children.