Being a dad isn't something you are; it's something you do. This mantra is at the heart of noted educator John Badalament's approach to teaching men how become better fathers. The Modern Dad's Handbook presents commonsense, hands-on advice and exercises to help fathers meet the difficulties of today's family and work life -- challenges that previous generations never faced. Built around four essential practices, the book gives fathers the tools they need to sort through their own father's legacy, keep lines of communication open with their kids, nurture a healthy relationship with their children's mother, and balance work and family life. Each practice is illustrated with the real-life stories of a diverse group of fathers, from a traveling truck driver, a divorced single father, and a stay-at-home dad, to Lorne Michaels, the creator of Saturday Night Live, to a Pro Bowl NFL player. (Author abstract)
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