While some advice in Wisdom For Dad may not resonate with all Hugh Weber’s book has enough material to educate a new dad and teach an old dog, like me, some new tricks.
Father’s Day is our celebration day. It’s when we grin at the makeshift mugs our kids created and the promise of a day of relaxation. However, Father’s Day should really be a day for us to embrace our roles in our children’s lives, which includes instilling wisdom in them to help them become good citizens and helpful members of society.
Now, try dispensing that wisdom in 140 characters or less.
Hugh Weber, a staple of the fatherly Twitter community, wrote his book Wisdom For Dad based on a variety of tweets on fatherhood he compiled over time, including some of his own. He breaks his book into four parts: Wisdom, Work, Play and Do Good. Each section dedicates a page to a tweet making it quite easy to flip to any page and take away something useful to start your dad day with.
Some give great tips such as, “Store spare diapers in every open nook and cranny. The first day you don’t have a spare and need one will be the worst day. Ever.” Others touch on a spiritual side, such as “Faith, family, work. Keep things in that order and you’ll be an amazing dad (and husband, employee, etc)” from @PaulTenHaken. One thing that is reassuring is some of the tweets expose dad’s humble side @SaffaZimbo contributed “Set clear discipline boundaries and consistently enforce them (something I’m not very good at).” Of course what would fatherhood be without humor as @dawashington adds “No one told me about this, so I’m telling you: at some point your kid’s favorite word with be penis. Just roll with it.”
As a father of a 5-year-old boy and 18-month-old girl, I’m proud to say some of these quips have helped me greatly. One is this from @paterfamilius1, “The most important work you can do is within the walls of your own home,” hold especially true from me, an active father who finds himself cleaning the house or whipping up dinner at a moment’s notice.
While some advice contained in Wisdom For Dad may not resonate with all (@Daddy_Lessons offers: “Future parents, want some practice? Wake up to death metal at 2am, and try solving a calculus problem”); Hugh Weber’s book has enough material to educate a new dad and teach an old dog, like me, some new tricks.