First, I am excited to share the news about this new book with you, from two guys from the Life of Dad group that I have been a part of for several years. I have followed them on-line and listened to some of their podcasts on fatherhood, and am especially excited to see that they turned the best bits into a book:
Becoming a dad gives men a VIP pass into the greatest club on earth: fatherhood. Its rewards are unmatched, its challenges, uncharted. The experience can reach euphoric highs and gut-punching lows. For those moments (and everything in between), The Life of Dad has your back.
The Life of Dad is an all-encompassing, entertaining distillation of the full dad experience, through a collection of interviews, podcasts, online chats, Facebook Lives, and more, dispensing collective wisdom from dads who have been in the trenches.
I am a stay at home dad. I am also the one in charge of taking care of our son, adopted at birth, and now a teenager in high school in New York City. These are challenging times for kids, and challenging times for adults. Reading anecdotes on fatherhood, on ways to raise kids, and on instilling good messages into our children’s lives, are things we all need to be reminded of often so that we can do the best parenting work possible!
My son is 15. He is struggling through high school, relationships, academia, social media, and I am worried about his future. The first benefit of this book was to get me out of my own head and into the minds of other dads, and that has been trememedously helpful! I worry all day long! I need to get out of the negative head space, and into an arena where I can hear solutions, suggestions, and funny stories so that I do not get caught up in the personal day to day struggles without relaizing that the light at the end of the tunnel is not an on-coming train!
From Shaquille O’Neal explaining how he’s taught his kids to be grateful, or Michael Strahan highlighting the importance of accountability, or Jim Gaffigan discussing the challenges of having a house full of kids, The Life of Dad has it all. Including thoughts from Ice Cube, Henry Winkler, Chris Jericho, Denis Leary, Freddie Prinze Jr, Charles Tillman, Mark Feuerstein, and many, many more, you’ll find plenty of camaraderie in the hardest—but most rewarding—job of your life!
I need other voices in my head, not just my own!
I have met some of the dads interviewed in this book during my tenure as a blogger, and can tell you from personal experience that their stories are the “real deal.” I was at an event with Jim Gaffigan and his family. Not that I spent my time watching him, but you could see his focus was on his kids and his wife. I look up to people in the limelight who make it clear that their priority is their family. Plus, he is very funny, especially when he shares his fatherhood stories in his stand-up routine! I have also met and was particularly impressed by Henry Winkler. I knew him decades ago as a tough guy, as “The Fonz.” A few years ago I was interviewing him for his movie, “Here Comes The Boom (2012),” and saw that in reality he was one of the kindest folks I had ever met, and a 100% family man. I thought The Fonz was the coolest, but soon realized Henry Winkler was the coolest! Seeing him in this book reinforces the idea that this collection of stories is legit, and not some celebs spouting advice they don’t incorporate into their own parenting. This book is a resource to help you through the day to day of parenting with some humor, and some extra hope! May he rest in peace.
The book comes out in May, 2019, so pre order now!
I heartfully recommend it to everyone! It is a delightful read, and a great way to find out how other dads are doing, many of whom you know from the entertainment and sports worlds. A
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. Contains an affiliate link.