The Men’s Handbook by Terry Norman
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you think you are a pretty good Dad, but would like to have a few ideas
confirmed? Do you love your kids, but get frustrated with them at
times? Does your anger get the better of you sometimes? Do you have
trouble balancing the demands of work and family? Do you need some ideas
for quick, cheap, and nutritious meals?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this short book is for you.
on years of experience as a dad, grandfather, and counsellor, Terry
addresses, in an easily readable fashion, some of the issues facing men
trying to be good dads and partners in the 21st century.
short 54 page book could almost be read at a single sitting. It
contains a lot of useful information so keep it by the side of your bed
to dip into whenever needed.
Australia, we love our heroes. We admire great sportsmen, we admire
famous rock stars and movie actors and actresses. We admire people who
have reached the top of their profession, or who have made a lot of
money or become famous.
we forget the people in society who are the most important of all: good
dads and mums. Being a good dad is the most important thing any man can
do. Bringing up our sons or daughters to be strong, confident, well
balanced citizens is the most important job there is, and compared with
this, being able to hit a ball, or kick a ball, or play a guitar, pales
Being a dad is the most wonderful, exasperating, fantastic, demanding, enjoyable, frustrating, fun job you can do.
yet most of us go into this crucial role with virtually no training,
and perhaps little thought. We hope that the good old Australian “she’ll
be right mate” will get us through.
little book is an attempt to put together a few thoughts, some
suggestions and some strategies for you to consider. I emphasise “for
you to consider”. I do not pretend to have all the answers, and every
man will father in a different way, and perhaps father differently to
different children. Every father will make mistakes, and do things he
regrets, but so long as we all keep trying, and we all keep learning
from our mistakes, then we have a good chance of producing a new
generation of fine young men and women. There is no greater thing that
anyone can aim to achieve.
of the things in this little book are just common sense - as we say
these days, it is not rocket science - and you may well find that you
are already doing many of them, or already know much of what is here.
But hopefully you will pick up a few tips, and also find it useful to
have what you are already doing confirmed.
aim of this book is not to make you a perfect dad, but to make you “a
good enough dad”. That is all that any of us can hope for, but that is
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