"Everybody’s crazy, drive safely.” That’s the mantra of my mother I remember best from my teenhood. Granted, her negative, imbalanced worldview was simply a way to contain her anxiety as I began to drive. Her words returned to me recently as my children increasingly navigate the internet, originally dubbed the “information superhighway.” Like most parents, my wife and I implemented age-appropriate internet restrictions as our children grew. But we learned that as children age, they need to develop the same critical thinking skills adults use when wading through the sea of clickbait … [Read more...]
Best Books for Dads, Fathers
Are you a new father? A father to-be? In this section, you will find reviews of parenting books -- the best books for new dads, best books for dads to be, best pregnancy books for dads, and more. Watch this section for future City Dads Group reviews and discussions.
Fathers want to protect and love their daughters but connecting with them is just as important but sometimes they just don’t know how. Daughters need to know that they can run to their father to talk about the tough and emotional things and feel comfortable doing so. To help in this critical relationship, flight nurse-turned-author Mark LaMaster has just released his second book of faith-driven life lessons directed toward fathers, this time aiming for those dads wanting to connect with their girls. In Friday Night Lights for Fathers and Daughters, LaMaster guides dads through 10 topics … [Read more...]
Parental burnout is real. A Belgium study of more than 2,000 moms and dads, published in 2017 in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, found that 12.9% of mothers and 11.6% of fathers in the group had what the authors labeled as "high burnout." At least once a week, these parents experienced feelings of exhaustion, were less productive and competent, and emotionally withdrawn -- symptoms the researchers equated to what professionals feel when they hit the wall at their jobs. While her book may be titled Mommy Burnout: How to Reclaim Your Life and Raise Healthier Children in the … [Read more...]
On the same day President Trump reportedly said “s---hole” countries in Africa were inferior sources for future American immigrants, my 12th-grade daughter was starting to read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness in English class. The juxtaposition was too much.Conrad’s British novel indicts the racism of European imperialism in Africa in the late 1800s, specifically during the ivory trade. Ironically, however, many readers consider the novel a racist text because of the way it backgrounds Africa, stereotypes the “primitive” natives, and treats the whole continent as a blank slate for the white … [Read more...]
Catering to a needy baby or toddler can turn any parent into a sleep-deprived, stressed out zombie. Maybe that's all part of their evil plan? Husband-and-wife team Mike and Heather Spohr try to help moms and dads stave off an invasion of the heart, mind and body by going through the funny bone with their new book, The Toddler Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Whiny Unfed. The couple discusses their book and their own parenting experiences when they join City Dads Group columnist Whit Honea for chat on the latest edition of The Modern Dads Podcast. The Toddler Survival … [Read more...]