There are many wonderful books on fatherhood. Many are written by pediatricians or psychologists which bring professional views and discussion on the topic. Others, by nonprofessionals--everyday dads, are often whimsical, anecdotal, clever, or funny. What I found in Power Dads, just as I attempted in my book on Dadhood, is a mentoring style that teaches without being technical. It is simple effective advice on being the best dad you can be. Wayne Parker knows fatherhood as the expert on that topic on About.com. I had been reading his advice for some time. You can find him at http://fatherhood.about.com/.
Power Dads is a wonderful book for all fathers! The basis of Wayne Parker’s book are ten principles all dads should understand and embrace. He then ties these principles to situations every involved father will face, but may not know how to handle. A very important chapter in my mind is ‘Ten Common Discipline Mistakes’. Every parent should read this chapter and live by it.
Parker explains that having principles and teaching respect and discipline is truly how you show your love. I also was impressed that Mr. Parker wrote about teaching your children patriotism and respect for their country. He tackles the topic of discussing sex in a very tender way based on the age of your children. He discusses the big picture also. Balancing, simplifying, and compartmentalizing your life as a dad and as an individual are clearly explained and emphasized. As one of his mentors, Parker incorporates many of the principles of Stephen R. Covey, who wrote “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and once said, "First you must understand, then you must be understood."
Wayne Parker understands the the power of fatherhood and along with that, he knows how to write to be understood. What a great gift Power Dads would be for any son, husband, nephew, grandson, etc. who is a father. If you are a dad reading this, buy it for yourself! But, of course, buy it as a companion to The Power of Dadhood. We aren’t in competition. We are partners in bringing fathers into the Dadhood stratosphere!