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...]
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.
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...]
What's it like being a best-selling children's picture book author? Drew Daywalt, who has topped The New York Times' charts with The Day the Crayons Quit, lets you into his world when he is interviewed by guest host and City Dads Group columnist Whit Honea on the latest edition of The Modern Dads Podcast. Daywalt discusses the origin of that book, how a librarian first interested him in writing, and lets you into to his creative process. He also shares some behind-the-scenes insight into the upcoming film version of that book. He also talks about the impact of his success on … [Read more...]
Are you or your child short on attention, thinking at a million miles an hour, or taking simple things to the extreme? The diagnosis may be attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD, a condition medical science considers a brain disorder that interferes with functioning or development. But that may be a good thing, according to father, author and entrepreneur Peter Shankman. Shankman, who first gained fame for starting the Help A Reporter Out (HARO) service for journalists, discusses how he manages and uses this condition he was diagnosed with as an adult to his … [Read more...]
We continue the national discussion on race and raising children by having Los Angeles Dads Group member Doyin Richards, author of the new children's book What’s the Difference?: Being Different is Amazing., joins us on the Modern Dads Podcast What's the Difference? is aimed at children ages 2 to 10, and covers diversity and acceptance. It introduces children to race relations by teaching them not to be colorblind, but rather "race aware." It encourages them to recognize and embrace the differences of the people they encounter in life. Richards, a father of two who became … [Read more...]