’This book is definitely a must read for dads and fathers to be.’
Title: The Life Of Dad. The Making Of The Modern Father
Author: DR Anna Machin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK LTD
Reviewer: Louise Terrell, staff nurse , Basildon University Hospital
What was it like?
Dr Anna Machin during the last decade has worked with dads and fathers to be. Research and scientific evidence has enabled the author to provide a magnificent book. The book which also includes humor, provides the journey from conception through to toddler and beyond. It entails journeys that fathers have experienced which includes fathers that are heterosexual and homosexual. The book changes the perspective and educates society rather than assuming what fatherhood should be. Life of Dad book encourages fathers to have a voice to share with each other and the world experiences and feelings. The book explains in good detail of how biology and life experiences help form the male species into fathers. The educational aspect is very enlightening in regards to how molding a child has a positive impact on the child and their future. Evidence based research is implemented throughout the book.
What were the highlights?
The book is informative and written well. The lay out is straight forward and easy to read and digest. The contents allow the reader to go back to chapters, also the titles of each chapter allow the reader to know what will be discussed. Reading encounters and experiences from the fathers was emotionally inspiring. Furthermore, these encounters included men from around the world. I like the fact that at the end of the book it provides resources for further help and support. Especially podcasts for fathers.
Strengths and weaknesses
Dr Anna Machin has based the book on the most up to date research and theory, alongside scientific and psychological findings. The book enlightens the reader with hormonal and psychological changes that undergo with being a father. It provides a very informative upon the mental health of fathers and how it has evolved during the last fifty years. Where the father’s role was different from today.
The book is very wordy and could benefit with some images to further engage the reader.
Who should read it?
This book is definitely a must read for dads and fathers to be. Also, to mothers. I certainly enjoyed it and will be encouraging family and friends to read it. From a female perspective I think it is important to encourage dads to speak about their journeys and experiences of being fathers. An exceptional read.
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