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- Publication Date: March 28, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XXHV43C
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As George states, ‘I’m a certified life coach, and I believe that parenting and coaching are very much the same from a lot of aspects. If you want to do it right, you have to be strong, creative, and a good listener. You have to be caring and let your kid experience the life in his or her own way while being in the shadows and act or react if he or she needs you. When you are not the coach, you have to be a mentor and a casual man who teaches his child the rules and joy of life and the values of your family…In this book, I will share with you some of my life experience, describe techniques which have helped me as a father, and ask you different questions which will help you to find your own way as a loving dad. The first three chapters are getting you prepared to be ready for the big day. After that, we will deep dive into the true meaning of being a father. The role model who was there seeing his kid grow up and not the one who looks back and doesn’t understand how the whole thing happened in a blink of an eye. Or worse, doesn’t look back at all because he just doesn’t care.’
George speaks frankly and supportingly to fathers and their major role as a dad. And keeping with contemporary times he refers us to YouTube videos with QR codes to extend the prevue of his message. ‘Parenthood is already a massive challenge, but with society changing the way it has, we face fresh challenges. We are surrounded by the advancement of technology, with social media an ever-present threat, along with smartphones and tablets. Let’s face it, fatherhood has changed, and with times changing, so has the concept of fatherhood.’
George addresses the importance of building self confidence by grouping his instructions and help into the following categories - Fathers and Soon to Be Fathers, Unite, I Will Be a Dad, What’s Going on With Her?, The Day of the Birth, Let’s Get the Party Started, Family Bonds, A Confident Child, Baby Blues, Hard Days, Work-Life Balance, Be There, and Bond of Trust.
But the most significant chapter in this fine book is the last chapter in which George expresses the importance for fathers to remember ‘to be true to yourself.’ An excerpt from that chapter bears quoting – ‘Take a look at traditional cultures. In Africa, children are an asset; it’s simply a continuation of life, there is no need to lose who you are as a result. The difference in Africa is that parents are parenting within a community, rather than beside it like in the western world. There are closer family ties, and parents often have their children with them all the time. We’ve lost that, and we’ve replaced it with something different: Child-centeredness. Since we can’t spend our every moment with our children, we make the most of the time we do have. We sit with them, play, and read them stories. This is obviously natural, and healthy, but we cater to every whim of our children’s wants, desires, and needs. Kids thrive with active parents; they can tend to themselves and function without having their parent at their side constantly. How can you parent and be true to yourself? Provide a safe environment for your child to explore and roam free, Trust your child, there’s no need to fret and hover, Be active, and follow your passions, Don’t make room in your life for your child; it should be the other way round, Build a community of care around you, and Having kids shouldn’t prevent you from doing anything, it will just require additional planning and sound judgment.
Throughout this very accessible book George uses quotations from famous people that reinforce his thoughts and manages to keep the entire book in a one-on-one basis, securing our attention and trust. George writes so well and shares his own journey to keep us connected that by the end of the book we want to meet him in person. But then as George would probably prefer, take the time to look in the mirror and see the new informed and happy father you have become! Grady Harp, April 17
Not everything is scripted and that’s fine, being a parent is one of the most amazing experiences we all could dream, because there is no guide, is something completely unexpected and there is no problem with that, of course, not all of us are meant to be good parents, some don’t have the guts to be an inspirational source for their kids, and there is no way to blame anyone for that, because is a different experience for everybody.
With all that said, I genuinely enjoy this book, it has some good and proper information you should always give a look or two, some good advices and most important, to be prepared for what is coming. I have been babysitting my goddaughter since she was two months old, and five years later I’m still looking out for her, it has really help me to grow and now I have a better opinion about parenthood, the result? Always give your best every day.
The book is a great nugget of knowledge and information that the 'books' often miss because they are going full-power into the technicalities, teachings, and studies. They don't actually tell it to us like people. Most of them think of us as experiments and talk very robotically. But now this book. It truly is a loving dad's guide. It will tell you how to get over the self-doubt and fear of not being able to live up to the title of 'Good Father'.
It will teach you that life isn't always goody goody. There are ups and downs; there is always a win in a failure. And that there isn't anything as a 'perfect' father. It is always being good enough for your kid. Your kid's idea of perfect may not match yours; it may actually be more realistic and less demanding. So as an advice from an unmarried lady who is sure to face this in the future with her now-boyfriend, do read this book. Don't freak; don't run. It's all going to be okay.
I do agree with the author that fathers are often pushed into the background when they are just as important as mothers. A mother gets a head start on building a bond with the child because she already has to change her choices during her pregnancy for the baby to be healthy. I have so many memories with my dad teaching me things like when he took me driving or taught me how to make lasagna. A child needs both of their parents because they fill different spots in their lives. Overall, good read for dads filled with good tips and ideas that can be applied to any situation.