Obsession of the Week: Books for Dads

For Father’s Day I want to recommend 3-4 great books. I read two of them two years ago around this time of year and one just last year. All are great resources for dads (particularly if you have sons like I do). All really helped shape my idea of parenting and made me a better dad in the process.

“The Road” by Cormac McCarthy

Skip the movie…there is a deeper haunting feel in the book you don’t get from the movie. You will be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated father story than this one. McCarthy paints a desperate and memorable relationship between a father and his young son in a post-apocalyptic world. Without the single utterance of “I love you”, this father through a gruff exterior shows his son how much he loves him and devoted to protecting him. It’s a story that stays with you and takes you places graphically both in violence and description to make it a very masculine read.

“The Film Club: A True Story of a Father and Son” by David Gilmour

Gilmour’s own son, Jesse, dropped out of school and Gilmour allowed his son to drop out on two conditions; he couldn’t do drugs and had to watch three movies a week with his dad. This non-fiction account of the father/son relationship and the movies they watch is a real page turner. It’s fun to see the movies Gilmour selects and how he relates life lessons to his son during the viewings. It’s also interesting to see how his son develops through the course of the books and movies they watch together. You’ll be surprised by the honestly and emotional realism Gilmour shares in his own story. It’s one of those books you won’t put down because you’ll want to take it all in.

“Boys Should Be Boys; 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons” or “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” by Dr. Meg Meeker 

I read “Boys Should Be Boys” last year and learned so much about my sons and myself that it changed me as a parent. Dr. Meeker explains how boys think, what they need and how to direct their energies in productive ways. To say this book was enlightening doesn’t say enough about how much this book shaped me as a parent and allowed me to give my sons a little more freedom to explore and test themselves. I got so much out of the “Boys” book, I bought “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” for my brother who has 4 girls. There is not greater a guide to parenting during these tough times then Dr. Meeker’s books. You’ll learn so much about what makes your kids tick from this noted pediatrician.

So whether you’re a dad yourself or looking for something for your dad this Father’s Day, give these selections and try. And let me know what you think.

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