Being the father of a preschooler or school-age child is as bewildering as it is wonderful. As your child grows and learns, you’re growing and learning too. But when your child enters preschool, things really start change. While moms have plenty of resources to turn to for parenting advice during these changing years, there isn't much out there written specifically for dads. Following the success of the three previous volumes in this series—The Expectant Father; The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year; and Fathering Your Toddler—this new book is similarly packed with facts, tips, and advice on all aspects of fatherhood.
- When is it the best time to encourage a child's independence?
- What's the difference between daycare vs. preschool?
- What are the unique ways fathers impact their youngster's life?
The answers to these questions and hundreds more are found in the pages of this easy-to-follow, informative volume. With wisdom, compassion, and humor, author Armin Brott devotes a chapter to each school year from pre-kindergarten through the fourth grade. In each chapter he outlines the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social changes the child is going though, and examines the emotional and psychological development the father may be experiencing. He also discusses issues that develop between dad and mom as well as matters that involve the whole family. In addition, each chapter contains a section called "You and Your Child," in which activities and issues appropriate to the given age are discussed.
Other topics cover the latest research on child development, including brain growth, good and bad news about watching television, and the use of computers and other technology. There is ample advice for dads who are older, single, divorced, in the military, stepfathers, and stay-at-home dads. The book incorporates the author's and other fathers' personal experiences, as well as the advice of top researchers in the field. Illustrated throughout with delightful New Yorker cartoons that underscore the universality of the joys and woes of parenting, Fathering Your School-Age Child is an essential sourcebook for every dad. It's certain to give every mom helpful insights as well.
Praise for Fathering Your School-Age Child:
“Right from the beginning of this book, I found myself circling things and highlighting like mad, and saying to my wife: ‘hey! listen to this!’…. An excellent resource for any man who is truly interested in doing a real man's job: Being an involved father to his children.”
—Parent Blogger's Network
“This is a great book that is relevant. Honestly, it is not just for Dads, but awesome for Fathers. A book that really does show the practical ways to interact, become involved and learn more about what is going on with your child.”
—Fresh Brewed Blog
“I enjoyed the whole tone of the book which didn't, like many Mommy-focused books, use fear or guilt. I particularly enjoyed the wit of Brott's writing style.”
“Not only does this book talk about the special relationships between a father and his kids, it also gives us mommies some great information as well… I recommend this book to any Dad with a child ages 3 to 9. You will find a wealth of information written in a way that will keep your interest. Let's face it, kids are truly a mystery.”