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About the Author

Len Filppu regularly blogs for Huffington Post Parents, and is a writer/screenwriter who’s worked as a communications executive in Silicon Valley, served as a press secretary to Jimmy Carter and on Capitol Hill, and helped produce a low budget rock ‘n’ roll horror movie. The best thing he ever did was become a first-time father in midlife.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Lights Press; 1 edition (May 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939555086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939555083
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRIME TIME DADS: 45 Reasons to Embrace Midlife Fatherhood

Larry King, Broadcast Legend: "Later life fatherhood keeps me young, keeps me vital, and makes me feel relevant each and every day. I urge you to read PRIME TIME DADS. Its point of view is young and vital and relevant each and every page."

Adriana Trigiana, Best-Selling Author: "Len Filppu has written a hilarious, heartfelt, and fresh take on midlife fatherhood in PRIME TIME DADS. This is a superb how-to manual for parents everywhere. It's also the perfect gift for the man in your life. Brimming with common sense and filled with helpful hints, it's a celebration of fatherhood written by a dad who clearly loves every moment of it. A home run!"

David Carnoy, Executive Editor of CNET, author of The Big Exit and co-author of Fathers of a Certain Age: The Joys and Problems of Middle-Aged Fatherhood: "PRIME TIME DADS takes a fun, optimistic look at what it's like to be an 'older' father. While this book is geared toward men aged around 40 or so, women who are involved with so-called 'reluctant dads' would be wise to leave it out in a conspicuous place where it might be easily discovered."

David Zeiger, filmmaker, Displaced Films: "Len Filppu has grabbed onto a profound truth and treated it with the humor it deserves. My own 'bonus round' with my two daughters, starting in my mid-40s, has been filled with such boundless joy that I could not possibly imagine my life without them. Len has captured the fun and heartache, the craziness and gratitude of these wonderful years. And best of all, it comes from his own head, heart, and spitup-stained shirts. PRIME TIME DADS is a joy to read."

Tom Parker, New York Times best-selling author: "As an older dad myself, I found PRIME TIME DADS entertaining, instructive, heart-warming, funny and true. I liked the style, tone and sentiment. The writing, too. The writing, especially."

Frank LaLoggia, film director, Lady in White, composer/screenwriter: "Len Filppu once again proves that he is the Jean Shepherd of our times: funny, insightful and human!"

Kristi Walsh, Ph.D., psychoanalyst, marriage and family therapist: "As a mental health professional of 30 years, I strongly support the notion of mid-life parenting. An individual's ability to self-reflect with honesty, to move past one's ego and genuinely love another, and the generativity that compels one to invest in the next generation - these are the developmental achievements of mid-life and the parental qualities children need. I am infinitely grateful for my husband, a prime time dad, who brought the emotional maturity and groundedness, patience, and humor that helped bond us as a family when we adopted our son at age 3. My husband just turned 60 and we are pursuing another adoption!"

Victor Thomas, web designer and author, Thomas Digital Design, San Francisco, CA: "PRIME TIME DADS is right on. Speaking with my 18 year older half brother about my dad is like talking about two different human beings. He talks of a selfish and aloof man who never took much of an interest in his life and never put in the time to really get to know him. On the other hand, the dad I know, who was 50 when I was born, was my best friend. I knew without question that I was the most important thing in his life, and his love has stayed with me for a lifetime. Seems I got the best of the same man because he'd matured into a prime time dad."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. H. Bush on December 21, 2013
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Len Filppu is a self described "mature man" who became a father for the first time at 49. I loved his ability to find the wonder of the world as his kids went through toddler- and early childhood, and to see this later in life obligation as an opportunity to be a great dad who has more patience, time and a long perspective on life than, perhaps, a much younger man would, and more importantly, sees fatherhood for the gift that it is. The chapters, in smallish, easily digestible bites, are filled with personal experiences of his with his wife and children that range from the ridiculous to the profound: seeing fatherhood as an opportunity to "create a new family history with new memories" and reconnecting with your parents, even when they are no longer with you, as you can now appreciate their lives as parents. Really a joy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tvdon on May 24, 2013
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This one's a winner! Fun to read, lively, and made me laugh out loud. Len Filppu mines real life experiences, and takes a heartfelt look at the joys of fatherhood and family. Not just for reluctant dads, all parents can relate to this contemporary take on the roller coaster ride that is child rearing in the 21st Century. It's optimistic, hopeful, and left me wanting more! I'd suggest it for anyone contemplating the plunge into the parental pool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Goldberg on February 3, 2014
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I AM a Prime-Time Dad, as I was 52 when my first (and only) child arrived. I totally agree with the opinions of this author--yes, I'm tired, but satisfied. Yes, its the best thing I've ever done. Yes, I had to learn how to deal with poopy diapers, irrational behavior, etc. Given all that, I found that I kept saying 'I know that already--tell me something new' repeatedly throughout this book. Its a light read, with very short snippets of a couple of pages. Overall, I probably wouldn't purchase this again, but still, it is fun to learn there's another dad out there who experience what I have experienced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bud G. on May 22, 2013
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Very helpful information and insight to optimize the parenting process, presented in an entertaining manner that is fun to read. PRIME TIME DADS is a must read for parents of all ages, and especially for prospective parents, Moms & Dads to be, in their late 30s plus. I could relate to this real life book and I laughed out loud. Repeatedly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Brooks on July 2, 2013
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Filppu is a funny man. Sometimes funny ha ha, but the humor born on the path toward a full life can also just make the corners of your mouth curl. It's in those more subtle moments when the laughter is quite deep.
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