Title: You Know You’re a Dad
Author: Harry Harrison Jr.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
“The fact is, every day prepares a dad for the next day because every day contains signs that he is a dad,” Harry Harrison Jr. states in the introduction of his book, You Know You’re a Dad: A Book for Dads Who Never Thought They’d Say Binkies, Blankies, or Curfew.
~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-two pages, this small hardbound targets fathers who need some clean, comic yet sometimes profound relief as they raise their children. Focusing on not before the baby comes to dealing with an adult child, a wide range of topics is covered.
After a presentation page to fill in, the book is divided into nine chapters with themes regarding expecting the newborn, infants, toddlers, teenagers, raising kids, thinking differently than your spouse, long work days, stay-at-home dads, after high school graduation, and adult children, there are short one to two sentences that look at the lighter side of parenthood.
~ Why ~
Having sons, I know both might enjoy a book that reminds them of the funny aspects of raising our grandchildren. I like that this book can bring a smile to any father who has a child or children. Occasionally mentioning God is appreciated.
Some short lines I enjoyed from each chapter include:
No baby yet – You learn that arguing with a pregnant woman is suicidal.
Infant – You take your newborn into the hospital chapel and offer your baby to God.
Toddler – You spend hours teaching a three-year-old boy to aim first, then pee.
Teenager – You get final wardrobe approval.
Raising kids – You take your kids with you to feed the hungry at a shelter.
Different viewpoints – You try to explain to a panicked mom that glue is edible. Sort of.
15 hour work days – You take the afternoon off to take your daughter to a museum.
Stay-at-home dad – Soccer moms regard you as a hero.
College kid – You’re being hit up for $3,500 for a campus meal ticket
Adult Child – Your kids know you will always love them.
~ Why Not ~
Since a man writes the book, it contains mainly “guy” concepts that some may not appreciate (or only that men, not women can comprehend).
~ Who ~
A bestselling author, Harrison has sold over three-and-a-half million books that are mainly nonfiction.
~ Wish ~
I wish this book included a Bible verse or two in each chapter.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a clever gift for Father’s Day or as a birthday gift for a dad, this would be a thoughtful gift.
Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.