The new season of the Modern Dads Podcast kicks off with Devon Bandison, a longtime member of our NYC Dads Group and a successful leadership coach, discussing his new book, Fatherhood is Leadership: Your Playbook for Success, Self-Leadership, and a Richer Life. Bandison, a father of three, shares how his life experience helped him to create a set of tools that fathers can use to overcome their own challenges in work, marriage and parenting. Fatherhood is Leadership, which is also the name of a successful podcast he hosts, covers his strategy for shifting from a traditional … [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.
Man vs. Child: One Dad’s Guide to the Weirdness of Parenting is a nuts-and-bolts reference guide about fatherhood penned in a sarcastic and cynical tone by Doug Moe, a longtime performer, instructor and writer for the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre improv and sketch comedy troupe. Moe, a member of NYC Dads Group, packages advice and empathy mainly for stay-at-home dads (SAHD) about their common dilemmas and doubts about domestic life. What makes the 190-page book unique is Moe’s honest, big-hearted and sentimental take. Although his snark comes across inherently dumb, Moe still … [Read more...]
Have you ever labeled one of your children — e.g., the “smart” one, the “clumsy” one, or the “whiny” one? Of course you have! Because you’re human. But as we know now, labeling a child is not healthy. A label often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, and even a positive label can constrain a child’s identity by compelling him or her to perform that limited role. Hence, labels could be considered part of a “fixed mindset,” to borrow from Carol Dweck’s celebrated research on a fixed vs. growth mindset. In their recent book, Mindsets for Parents, Mary Cay Ricci and Margaret Lee attempt to … [Read more...]
We write a lot about breaking gender roles when it comes to parenting. Now we talk about it, too. Joining us on the Modern Dads Podcast are Kori Reed and Mike Becker, husband and wife and co-authors of the book, ZagZig Parenting: (Mis)Adventures of a Career-Driven Mom and a Stay-at-Home Dad. ZagZig Parenting, released this week, takes you on a journey through the married couple’s contemporary perspective on being a mom and dad when the traditional parenting roles are reversed. Using comical vignettes, they share their differences, struggles, mistakes and failures in ZagZig. They even … [Read more...]
We can't think of a better way to celebrate April as National Poetry Month than by encouraging you to read the work of one of our own City Dads Group members. Ben Berman, a member of our Boston Dads Group, recently had published his second collection of verse. Figuring in the Figure (Able Muse Press) covers many topics in its 88 pages but the final section of the book covers fatherhood, including birthing and baby care classes, the arrival of his child, and those first precious months of life. His work, including the non-parenting poems, is filled with wry humor and familiar scenes like … [Read more...]