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The text’s major premise is that the role of fathers is essential to promote healthy child development and appropriate role modeling. The book exhorts the role of fatherhood in the lives of children. Daddy’s Hugs offers striking commentary on the plight of fatherless children. Fathers are portrayed as more than financial breadwinners. Instead, they are depicted as essential emotional caregivers. The book praises and provides examples of fathers who take an active role in parenting. There is an excellent balance of positive, negative, and neutral fathering role models. The humorous vignettes make this book an easy read. The book is able to stray away from the common mistake of male bashing. The devaluation of the role of fathers and their inadequate preparation for this role is explored in-depth. Women are not viewed as passive victims to be exploited by males, but as active participants in child rearing and parenting.
The Myths, the LiesFalse humility is really self-righteousness.Earline L. Hall My son, obey your father’s commands, anddon’t neglect your mother’s teaching.Proverbs 6:20My son, Herman, was “special before his birth.” He was always very active, rough, adventurous, or shall we just say, “all boy.” In A Journey to Hell and Back, I shared several of his escapades, and I am going to share yet another. Actually, I could write a book about his numerous adventures.During his early years, it was necessary for us to make several trips to the hospital emergency room. He was always getting into something. When he was around four years old, I noticed that his pinkie finger was crooked on his right hand. It was also slightly swollen. This was obviously not the normal condition of his finger. As a concerned and dutiful mother, I began to question him.“Herman what happened to your finger?”“Oh, I hurt it the other day playing football.”“Who were you playing with?”“Buck Daddy and Uncle Teddy.”“Tell me what happened.”“When I caught the ball, my finger went back.”“Where was I when this happened? I don’t remember hearing you cry.”He responded simply, “You were in the house but I didn’t cry.”“You didn’t cry! Well, did it hurt?’“Yes! But I didn’t cry.”“Why?”“They said, real men don’t cry.” We took Herman to the hospital emergency room. The x-rays revealed that the bones of his broken finger had begun to grow back together in the deformed pattern. If we wanted the finger to heal correctly, the bone would have to be broken and reset. Like a “Real Man,” he didn’t cry, but the damage remained.
It reveals groundbreaking insight into the importance of male role models to prepare males for life and women for mate selection. It is one of the most radical paradigm shifts in child development, since Dr. Benjamin Spock's Baby and Child Care. This book is excellent for mothers, fathers, children, potential parents and partners, as well as those who will work with individuals, families, or are in need of a good laugh.