Below is a list of the best books to prepare us and/or help us become good fathers.
Do you know of one that’s not on this list? Plz add it in your comments!
Ok, if you’re baby is younger than 8 months old you HAVE to get this book. It has a handful of excellent tricks/tips inside about swaddling, shushing sounds, etc. There’s also a DVD which may be easier/quicker to ingest.
From Amazon: “Karp recommends a series of five steps designed to imitate the uterus. These steps include swaddling, side/stomach position, shhh sounds, swinging and sucking.”
From Amazon: “Take your average guide for new mothers, chuck most of the stuff about breast feeding and ditch the deep background research and stats, then generously pepper with illustrations and burley humor and what do you have? Your average guide for new fathers…. There’s heaps of useful advice that’s cleverly and efficiently presented for pops who, despite their best intentions, really aren’t prepared to dig into encyclopedia-sized tomes.”
My wife just started reading this one and she’s saying excellent things about it. Namely, things like, “it’s good because it’s very scientific but it comes from a very personal place, not just some doctor talking about all the babies he’s seen.”
It’s by a doctor/mom who’s in tune with research and practice enough to put together some great thoughts… even for us hard to please, upper-crust, crusted-uppers dads.
Here’s one I heard a few times on the twitters. This book is by Donald Miller who’s hilarious and insightful style really will have you giggling and doing that whole “hmmm” thing that we do when we read/hear something true and new to us.
Even though this book is written about life in the absence of “dad” methinks you’ll pick up a whole lotta goodness about how you can be a great dad. Srsly. I mean it. And yes, I actually have read this and I actually know you’ll enjoy it.
OK. This one is special. This one is awesome. This one will certainly have you giggling and insighting insightful insights. This one is filled with quick wit and earthy wisdom and a resounding “holy sh*t this is hard and I can do this.”
Even though it’s written by a mom… about raising a child… as a single mom… It’s still hilarious and insightful for us dads. It’s actually a great way to understand more of what your woman is going through. And even though it comes from a particular point of view (liberal, christian, woman) it’s never preachy or pious. It’s great, srsly.
From Amazon: “Gurian asserts that the biological and neurological differences between boys and girls need to be accounted for and nourished in order to raise healthy, happy boys. In discussing boy culture–and the roles of competition, aggression, and physical risk taking–the author concludes, ‘It’s not boy culture that’s inherently flawed; it’s the way we manage it.’”
From Amazon: “Providing a historical perspective on a modern phenomenon is no easy task, but Thomas Hine has done an admirable job cataloging that ever-changing creature we know as the American teenager. Beginning with a look at colonial times and ending with the present-day burger-flipping menaces portrayed in the press, The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager is a fascinating look at a culture that we take for granted in these times, yet is quite a recent development.”
Ok, this one looks really interesting to me. It’s written by Thomas Hines, an American history & design guy, which is interesting to me. I totally look forward to reading it and having it unlock all the secrets of how to raise a teenager.
So, what do you have to add to this list? Plz comment and let us know what books have been a good influence on your fathering. Cheers!