Glad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood

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After staying home with his two sons for a year and his daughter since her infancy, Tim Myers knows all about being a stay-at-home parent. He knows the most effective cleaning products, which snacks to buy, and has developed a “housemaid’s knee.” He has experienced first-hand the profound influence fathers have on their children, along with the challenges of being a committed parent. By recounting personal experiences, offering honest, sincere opinions, and including quizzes for fatherly-preparedness, Tim Myers ...

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After staying home with his two sons for a year and his daughter since her infancy, Tim Myers knows all about being a stay-at-home parent. He knows the most effective cleaning products, which snacks to buy, and has developed a “housemaid’s knee.” He has experienced first-hand the profound influence fathers have on their children, along with the challenges of being a committed parent. By recounting personal experiences, offering honest, sincere opinions, and including quizzes for fatherly-preparedness, Tim Myers emphasizes the importance of fatherly contribution and influence in the home. He shows fathers that they are not only vital to home life, but that fatherhood also brings great joy into men’s lives, not to mention a surprising amount of plain old fun. In addition, Myers details the essential role of fathers, and the very real (and sometimes frustrating) transition into taking an active role in home life. Poignant, funny, and inspiring, Glad to be Dad is perfect for both aspiring fathers and seasoned veterans.

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Editorial Reviews

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“An excellent, ‘SWEET’ piece . . . powerful thoughts . . . ” —Susan DeMaggio, Editor of Detroit’s Metro Parent

“I read [it] with pleasure” —David Remnick, Editor in Chief, The New Yorker

If you read just one book of the hundreds of recently published books on “parenthood,” make it Tim Myers’ “Glad to be Dad.”  Why elevate this book to the top?   Simply put, it’s funny, wise, and practical. It celebrates the everyday moments of learning from and with a child and offers an intimate and perceptive view of parenthood—particularly, fatherhood when dads take on a primary caretaking role in the family.  The book is not written as an expert’s treatise on parenting:  a manual of  “how-to” or “how-not-to-do,” although it accomplishes many of these same outcomes.  Fundamentally, Myers is a storyteller sharing his lived experience as a full-time dad during his daughter’s preschool years.  We are transported into Myers’ life and his relationship with his daughter, wife, and sons through winsome stories lively in dialogue and detail. We follow closely as he makes sense of his experiences with a compelling honesty and sensitivity to the cultural factors that shape one’s sense of self and the roles one embodies.  Stimulated by a book that affirms the daily opportunities we have for love and growth, we are led to reflect upon our own experiences as parents, as children, as family members.
—Dr. Christine Bachen, specialist on media and family, Communications Dept., Santa Clara University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938301018
  • Publisher: Familius
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,420,460
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Myers is a writer, songwriter, and professional storyteller living in Santa Clara, California, where he also teaches at Santa Clara University. Tim earned his master’s in literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has 32 years experience teaching, both at the classroom and university levels. He’s published 10 children’s books (with one on the way) and over 100 poems. His notable works include Dark-Sparkle Tea (Wordsong), Good Babies (Candlewick ‘05), and Basho and the River Stones (Cavendish ’04). He won the 2012 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Fiction.

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Table of Contents

1.      The Way It Is      
2.      Two Hours in the Life       
3.      Your New Stress Chart       
4.      Homelife: The Benefits to Men      
5.      Your Child      
6.      Home Management: Some Do’s and Don’ts      
7.      Lost Children      
8.      Your Kid’s Development: The Important Stuff    
9.      So You Think It’s Easy?       
10.   Men at Home: Action and Inaction       
11.   The Male As Domestic Wanna-Be    
12.   Men and Women: Domestic Differences       
13.   The Smoking Ruins of Your Sexual-Romantic Life       
14.   The Male As Domestic Warrior      
15.   Our First Goodbye  

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    When I first read Glad to Be Dad I had an experienced opinion th

    When I first read Glad to Be Dad I had an experienced opinion that there
    was not much Tim could share that I already didn't know. I was wrong.
    Even with twenty years of experience with nine different children, I
    learned and was reminded of how to be a better parent and how powerful
    and wonderful this opportunity is. Glad to Be Dad explores everything
    from the challenges to your marriage, the new vocab you have to learn,
    the very real stress matrix, and the hysterical situations that all
    parents find themselves in. As a good friend once said, "When
    things get crazy, and they will, take a picture." Myers captures
    all of this in a way that is not only poignant and entertaining but
    helps us see what is possible and inspires us to be the parent we set
    out to be oh so many years ago. Whether you are a new parent or a
    veteran, there is much to be gained by this marvelous and inspired work.

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