Having started Dadbloguk as a digital venture, I have gone back in time and entered the analogue age!* Yes, after 18-long months I am pleased to say that I have written and published a book; A modern father (…and dad blogger).
In summary, the book is a collection of personal reflections on my life as a stay at home dad. As the title suggests, I couldn’t resist also writing just a bit about my experiences as a dad blogger.
I will not pretend this book is high art; it’s been written in 18 short chapters that you can dip in and out of with ease. It’s quite possible to read it in an evening if you wish.
I co-published the book with a new publishing house called CronxBooks. It’s the first title that CronxBooks has produced so it’s a big deal for them also.
The subject matter of the book will be familiar to anyone that regularly reads Dadbloguk. It’s all about fatherhood, the challenges I face as a stay at home dad, plus the experiences and ways my children and wife have enriched my life, not to mention a few predictions about what will happen next for stay at home dads and the dad blogging scene.
- Fatherhood exclusion; it starts very early on
- The school run
- What do the children think about having dad as main carer?
- Sex and the stay at home dad and
- What next for us stay at home dads?
A small number of the chapters have appeared on the blog but have been edited and updated for the book. This includes two of my personal favourites that focus on the more light hearted moments I’ve had with the kids.
The first is Flying solo with two children…at the dentist, which details the time my kids ran riot at the dentist’s surgery. The second is How not to prepare your child’s Nativity costume, which describes my valiant but doomed attempts to put together a costume for my daughter’s Christmas play two years in a row.
A modern father (…and dad blogger) is available from Amazon in both Kindle and paperback format. Until the end of February it will set you back just 99p on Kindle and £2.75 for the paperback, after which the price will go up!
If you’re interested in buying the book or finding out more, here’s the link. If you want to see what other people have said about the book, here you go;
“A modern father (…and dad blogger) is an honest take on issues faced by dads in today’s world. Sometimes funny and sometimes serious, but always current and well informed. A must read for all mums, dads and his children when they wish to bribe him in the future.” Darren Coleshill, writer of the multi-award winning blog Onedad3girls.com and creator of the LoveAllDads.co.uk blogging network.
“An utterly refreshing read from John who naturalises stay at home dads with his engaging, can’t-put-down book for parents everywhere.” Vicki Psarias, filmmaker and editor of the popular blog honestmum.com.
As you may have gathered, it’s taken a long time for this book to come to fruition. Although I’ve contributed to books in the past, this was the first time I’ve published a book and seen it through from beginning to end. It’s been a team effort between a huge number of people. I can’t mention names, I’ll only miss someone out! You know who you are. Thank you!
*Strictly speaking, this isn’t true. The book is available in Kindle and paperback formats so I’ve bridged the analogue and digital ages.
Photo credit; Ania Wilk-Lawton of Photography for Parents, provider of online and one-to-one photography courses to parents.