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In The Working Dad's Survival Guide, Scott Behson sets out to do one simple - but not at all easy - thing; help men feel confident and successful in both their work life and family life. Using the perfect combination of exercises, stories, insights, and practical strategies he accomplishes that goal with flying colors. There's no magic pill that will make you the best dad you can be. But with commitment, hard work, and Scott's guidance, you're well on your way.
 
- Armin Brott, author of "The Expectant Father" and "The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year"

Finally! This is the book dads juggling work and family have been waiting for. Full of great insights, perspectives and advice that will help dads be more successful on all fronts.  
- Brad Harrington, PhD, Boston College Center for Work and Family

Cheers to Scott Behson for providing the 21st century working dad a roadmap for career and parenting success.
- Matt Schneider and Lance Somerfeld, City Dads Group.

Behson draws brilliantly from his life and research to provide the stories, tips, and tools we need to become the fathers we want to be.
- Jeremy Adam Smith, author "The Daddy Shift"

If you're like most dads, you're facing an impossible tug of war between work and home. My advice? Read this book. This smart, charming, and actionable guide offers a practical toolkit for thriving in both domains. You'll discover how to make family time more memorable, how to negotiate for work flexibility, and why you should pack at least one stuffed animal on every business trip. Behson is the rare writer who can communicate everything you need to know, while making you feel like you're just chatting over a beer with a good friend.
-Ron Friedman, PhD, author "The Best Place to Work"

The stories, exercises, and concrete tips Scott offers bring clarity, focus, and motivation for readers to tackle these issues in their own lives. Scott's experience, and positivity, are a welcomed relief!
- Sara Sutton Fell, Founder & CEO of FlexJobs

I wish I had this book when I was taking heat in the corporate world for being an active parent. The suggestions and exercises would have made a big difference, to both support the choices I was making, and help me build a community of other working dads so I would not feel alone.
- Greg Marcus, PhD, author of "Busting Your Corporate Idol"

You might be a new dad who is craving this information, or an experienced dad interested in making a change, either way, Scott's words of wisdom and friendly tone will help guide you to a solution that's just right for you.
- Jessica DeGroot, Founder and President, ThirdPath Institute

While the conversation of 'leaning in' and 'opting out' play out for women, Scott is blazing trails for men who want to participate more in their children's lives and shift the consciousness of the business world.
- Charlie Capen, co-author, How to Be a Dad

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Hey Dad! Ever felt torn between advancing in your career and spending quality time with family? The Working Dad's Survival Guide is for you. The first book of its kind- the advice and encouragement you need to achieve success at work while ALSO being the involved, loving dad you always wanted to be.

Written from the unique perspective of Scott Behson, a busy working dad who also happens to be a national expert in work-family issues, The Working Dad's Survival Guide is chock full of concrete time and life management strategies you can use right now.

Praise for The Working Dad's Survival Guide

If you're like most dads, you're facing an impossible tug of war between work and home. My advice? Read this book. In this smart, charming, and actionable guide, Scott Behson offers a practical toolkit for thriving in both domains. You'll discover how to make family time more memorable, how to negotiate more flexibility with your boss, and why you should pack at least one stuffed animal on every business trip. Behson is the rare writer who can communicate everything you need to know, while making you feel like you're just chatting over a beer with a good friend at a barbeque.
-Ron Friedman, Ph.D., author of The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace
 
Cheers to Scott Behson for providing the 21st century working dad a roadmap for career and parenting success.
-Matt Schneider and Lance Somerfeld, Co-Founders, City Dads Group

The stories, exercises, and concrete tips Behson offers bring clarity, focus, and motivation for readers to tackle these issues in their own lives
- Sara Sutton Fell, Founder & CEO of FlexJobs

A well-designed game plan for dads on how to be successful fathers as well as productive employees
- Hogan Hilling, author, Dads Behaving Dadly

I wish I had this book when I was taking heat in the corporate world for being an active parent!
- Greg Marcus, PhD, author of Busting Your Corporate Idol: Self-Help for the Chronically Overworked
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Motivational Press (June 9, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628651946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628651942
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Behson appearance on MSNBC blew me away so I was excited to open the pages of tis book he has written on fatherhood being a bi-partisan deal. This is book is both informative and instructional. As a wife and mother I am excited to give to gift this book to my husband. A small token of my respect and admiration for all that he does for our family. As working professionals, we've at times struggled balancing life and work. This book is a game changer! The Working Dad's Survival Guide is a much needed manuscript for any family. Finally father's are getting the respect they deserve in the home. Studies show a father who is engaged in raising their children in the day to day have a long lasting affect on their kids' psyche and long-term success. Scott Behson sidesteps excuses by giving readers practical advice on how to balance a a work/family life balance. Behson is a pioneer in the field and I applaud his march forward!
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Scott captures my dilemma clearly when he writes "As fathers, our two most important roles are being a successful financial provider and being an active, loving dad." Are these complimentary or contradictory? I always thought they were contradictory. Now I know better. This book is like being in a conversation with a wise old friend. From advice on finance to the realities of priorities and trade-offs; From making the workplace work for you, to optimizing family life... Scott had me hooked and wanting to read more. If you take the exercises seriously, you will get even more from the book. I did.
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Working Dads Survival Guide combines success stories of real working dads with practical advice that finally gives new and expecting fathers a resource to navigating tough conversations with our parenting partners and our employers. Look forward to recommending to every working dad I meet.
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Finally! Scott Behson has given us a book about working parents written by an academic with relevant research included, that isn't completely dry. If you watched last year's Super Bowl or you're paying attention to recent trends, dads are hot right now. While women are leaning in at work, dads are finding their way back to the homefront. The only problem is, for the first time, men are trying to figure out a way to balance our prioritization of being more hands on fathers with remaining successful at work. It's no easy task and there are pitfalls around every corner. That's why Behson's book is so important -- it incorporates stories about real fathers with real problems and guides us through how to cope.

This book is every bit as intriguing as it as smart, and it has arrived just as men come to the crossroads of finding the right blend of work and life.
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Back in the 1980's I was a single dad, raising two daughters and keeping a job, the house and all that goes with it. At that time we did not even have changing tables in men's bathrooms let alone a book like this. For all dads, single or not, this is am important tool that will make the best job in the world (being a dad) even better.
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This book is so cool, so different and so original.. LOVED it! how important in today's world to give a practical how to guide to Dad's. This book is full of good information, ideas of how a dad balances it all... gets it all done.. and really can have it all! Bought a few of these books to give to my husband and some of his friends..
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Every Dad works...even those who work from home and run our own businesses. I found this book supportive, helpful and a great reminder that I'm just like a lot of other Dad's and so I am in good company. Great tips abound and I will be recommending this book to other Dad's or even Mom's to give as a Father's Day gift.
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This is an excellent book. It's clear that Dr. Behson has done the research and understands this topic at the highest of academic levels, yet in the book he presents the material in a supportive way that anyone could understand. He doesn't lecture, he helps the reader understand, and then use the newfound understanding to improve their situation. We all want to be the best dads we can be, and Dr. Behson wants that for us too.
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