Seven Books for Stay-at-Home Dads
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Stay-at-home dads are not the exotic creatures they used to be, but you wouldn’t know that from, say, reading books. It’s still pretty unusual to find them as characters in fiction or subjects of non-fiction.
(That said, there is a steady stream of self-published memoirs by stay-at-home dads who, against all odds, came through on that promise so many stay-at-home parents make to themselves: “I’ll use this time to write my book.” Well played, daddies. Well played.)
Here’s a list of the best books that have kept up with the cultural shift toward dads being more involved in raising their kids, from novels to non-fiction.
Now, depending on what stage of stay-at-home fatherhood a dad is enjoying, the very idea of sitting down and reading a book might be aspirational, or indeed hilarious. But at least those dads can take encouragement from the fact that there’s a growing list of books that are relevant, and often specific, to their job. Eventually, they’ll have a chance to read some of them.
So, for all of those stay-at-home dads who are able to avail of nap times or perhaps a few hours alone during the school day, here are some suggested reads. And while this list is dedicated to SAHDs, their partners, friends and relatives might enjoy and benefit from reading some quality stay-at-home dad books too.
As the world catches up with the realities of modern parenting, there will be plenty of books to add to this list. Whenever you come across one of them, please share it below, so that stay-at-home dads (and those of us in their orbits) can discover them too. Thanks.