Books For Fathers

Handy Dads: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids

handydad25Skate ramps, zip lines, go-carts, and more! In this super-fun book, Todd Davisextreme sports athlete and host of HGTV’s Over Your Head presents 25 awesome projects for dads to build with their kids. Busy dads can choose projects that range from simple to challenging and take anywhere from five minutes to a full weekend. Readers are given all the directions they need to grab materials that can be found around the house or at the local hardware store and get to work banging up a sweet BMX ramp or half-pipe, building a tree house or tire swing, or throwing together a slip-and-slide or tie-dye station for an afternoon of fun.With plenty of color photographs, easy-to-follow instructions, and detailed illustrations, Handy Dad is chock-full of creative and inexpensive ways to keep kids (and dads) entertained for hours.

 

Fathering Your Toddler – A Dad’s Guide to the Second and Third Years

fatheringyourtoddlerAt what age should you introduce your child to computers? When and how should you go about drawing up a will? The day your child starts preschool, how will you cope with the pangs of adult separation anxiety? The answers to these questions and hundreds more are found in the pages of this information-packed volume. Author Armin Brott devotes a chapter to every three months of the second and third years. In each chapter, Brott charts the physical, intellectual, verbal, and emotional changes the child is going through and examines the emotional and psychological developments the father may be experiencing. He discusses issues that may develop between fathers and their partners as well as matters that involve the whole family. In addition, each chapter contains a section called “You and Your Child,” in which activities and issues appropriate to the given age are discussed.

 

Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects

dad'sawesomebookIt’s time for serious family fun! Get ready to take playtime to the next level with Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects ! Inside, you;ll find step-by-step instructions and photographs detailing projects so imaginative and fun, no one will complain about turning off the TV. From wooden “swords” to slay the most vicious of dragons to circus stilts that will send you soaring to new heights, these projects are sure to spark everyone’s creative spirit. And the fun doesn’t stop there! This book shows you and your kids how to build: Comic book shoes Rope swings Homemade goo slime Eggshell cupcakes Ol’-fashioned fruit crate scooter Best of all, each of these activities can be tossed together with items around the house or with inexpensive supplies from the hardware store. With 25 DIY projects and crafts, Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects will reveal just how awesome it is to be a dad!

 

Made By Dad – 67 Blueprnts for Making Cool Stuff

madebydadThe Snail Soup Can Decoy to keep the candy stash safe. The Customizable Keep Oute Sign to deter meddlesome siblings and parents. A Bunk Bed Communicator made from cardboard tubes (Psst! Can you keep the snoring down?). Clever, whimsical, and kind of genius, here are 67 unique projects that will turn any dad with DIY leanings into a mad scientist hero that his kid(s) will adore. No screens, no hi-tech gadgetry. Made by Dad combines the rough-edged, handmade ethos of a Boy Scout manual or The Dangerous Book for Boys with a sly sense of humor that kids love. Scott Bedford, a creative director by day and Webby Awarde “winning blogger by nights and weekends, wields an x-acto knife, magic marker, and prodigious imagination to create endlessly delightful projects for his two sons. He knows that kids like contraptions and gadgets, things that are surprisinge” a chair that appears to be balanced on eggshells. Things that are complexe “a multi-level city, with buildings, tunnels, and roads, built from old boxes around the legs of a table. And especially things with humor” the Snappy Toast Rack, made to resemble a crocodiles gaping mouth. The projects are shown in full-color photographs, and the instructions are illustrated in detailed line drawings that exude personality. Some are quick and simple enough to be done in a coffee shop; others are more of an afternoon project” yielding hours and hours of rich, imaginative playtime.

 

Captain Dad – The Manly Art of Stay-At-Home Parenting

captaindadPat Byrnes worked at home and made his own hours. His wife’s job (Illinois Attorney General) was not so flexible. So when the first baby came, he naively volunteered to go where few men have gone before and stay home with the kids. On one condition. He wouldn’t be called Mr. Mom, but . . . Captain Dad. Byrnes has collected his insights in the first book about stay-at-home fatherhood by a professional humorist who has lived the part. He reports on the front lines of modern parenting, tackling all of the expected subjects, like sleep deprivation and the constant battle against Disney for your child’s affections. But he also covers the less expected, more random moments on the job and the surprising insights they offer. From the absurd pride that comes from being able to change a diaper almost anywhere to the surprising talent you develop for improvising answers to Life’s Most Important Questions, such as “Why is bird poop white?” With wit, pith, and vinegar, Byrnes examines this hitherto unexamined life–and finds it worth living.

 

The Everything Father-to-Be Book: A Suvival Guide for Men

theeverythingdadbookThis survival guide shows men how to balance home and work responsibilities, maintain a sex life during their wife’s pregnancy, and find effective ways to support and encourage expectant mothers.

 

 

Teen Dads

teendadsAiming to disprove the stereotype that paints all teen fathers as uncaring and irresponsible, this book provides young dads with parenting advice geared especially to them. The guide reveals that the reality can be quite different for many young fathers if they have a chance to parent their child and if appropriate support services are offered. These useful tips for young dads including taking as much responsibility as they can, knowing their rights, and ultimately finding joy in their parenting role help shape teens who are far less likely to run from their responsibilities. In this updated edition, a new chapter has been added along with new quotes and real stories from modern young dads who are dealing with the many issues of parenting too soon. This advice can be used to involve the father while the partner is still pregnant, learn skills of parenting, and plan for his future and that of the child.

 

Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grouded? -Stop Fighting, Start Talking, and Get to Know Your Teen

doigetmyallowance Vanessa Petten bridges the communication gap between teens and parents. Every parent fears “losing” their child. But in this revolutionary book, youthologist Vanessa Van Petten translates what parents want to say into what teens want to hear. At 16, Vanessa Van Petten started her award-winning website, RadicalParenting.com, in reaction to sudden friction with her parents. Today, Vanessa and more than one hundred teen contributors help thousands of parents build and maintain healthy, strong, mutually fulfilling relationships with their teenage children-by providing prescriptive advice straight from the source. From classic fights like dating and chores to 21st Century issues such as sexting and cyberbullying, this comprehensive book provides step-by-step guidance on every worry, including: Lying Peer Pressure Social Networking Sex School Drugs It’s never too late to reconnect. Vanessa Van Petten helps you learn what’s really going on in your child’s life, and most importantly- understand when to put your foot down and when to let go.

 

How to Survive Your In-Laws

how to surviveAs every couple discovers when they get married, you don’t just acquire a spouse when you wed — you get the whole family! Whether it’s navigating a culture clash, kibitzing in marital squabbles, spoiling the grandkids, or ducking out on the holidays, this book can help. Those who’ve lived to tell about it weigh in here. Packed with stories, advice, humor, and the hard-won wisdom of hundreds of others who’ve survived those problems and more, this fun, fast-paced book is a perfect — and useful — engagement or wedding gift.

 

Chicken Soup for the Soul

thanksdad“Thanks Dad” will resonate with any father with its heartwarming, loving, and even amusing stories from the next generation. “Thanks Dad” gives fathers the pat on the back they deserve. Children of all ages share their heartfelt words of thanks and loving memories in these 101 stories. “Thanks Dad” will bring any father joy, inspiration, and humor and maybe even find that their kids did pay attention after all.