- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: Woodbine House (June 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780933149687
- ISBN-13: 978-0933149687
- ASIN: 0933149689
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child With a Disability Paperback – June 1, 1995
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This book is a must read for fathers!
I didn't like all the stories or even many of them but the few I did made it worth while. I think another reviewer maybe was right, to quote him, "The editor, Donald Meyer, allows a number of fathers, most of whom are well-educated and from the higher socioeconomic strata, to share their experiences. Some are moving accounts that clearly depict the frustration, isolation, and sometimes enlightenment associated with parenting a child who is disabled. Some are down-right irritating laments about a father's broken dreams or lost opportunities." He went on to add we need to hear more stories from "blue-collar" dads. But who wrote that review? Not some guy that is going out to patrol our streets, remodel our kitchen or shovel snow for money tomorrow. If you want more "blue-collar" you will probably get more irritating laments? How would the reviews sound then?
Wait, I didn't sign on to argue with: loce_the_wizard. To all father's searching for a book for you, this is THE ONE! Start here and then branch out into the others.... For example, I finally ordered a Chicken Soup book on the subject of children with disabilites. I fully expect all the symptoms that come with me wanting to digest some chicken soup, fever, sweats, nausia and vomiting....I will let you know after it has been delivered.
The editor, Donald Meyer, allows a number of fathers, most of whom are well-educated and from the higher socioeconomic strata, to share their experiences. Some are moving accounts that clearly depict the frustration, isolation, and sometimes enlightenment associated with parenting a child who is disabled.
Some are down-right irritating laments about a father's broken dreams or lost opportunities.
Regardless, the stories here are important, for they offer insights to parts of the human experience that, unless you are a member of this fraternity, most folks will never understand. Somehow, I wish that there could be both a wider audience for this book so that those in the mainstream might have an inkling of what happens to a family that includes a disabled individual.
I also wish that there were more stories from the blue-collar dads who struggle not only to survive financially but emotionally when their lives are also involuntarily altered by the flaws in our collective gene pool.
I wish also that the reflections here included more advice about how to cope with emotional issues, financial concerns, and long-term planning. My expectations were that those types of topics might be addressed more directly.
Still, the sketches in this book are valuable for anyone because they confirm both how fragile and resilient life really is.