I was sent a copy of SuperDad Speedbible from its author Ryan Heffernan - who also regularly contributes to our Bub Hub blog.
Ryan's an excellent writer and a renowned journalist so the book is a great read.
It is part memoir, part parenting handbook aimed at dads and based on Ryan's own experience of becoming a single parent to his young son. In his own words, his story is "by no means, pretty".
Ryan has a very real story to tell about how he struggled at first with the demands of shared custody, an intense job and a small boy. It explains how and why he came to write this book - which is for the most part a reference guide to help dads meet the practical needs of their child and themselves. If these needs are met, a parent can get on with the real job of parenting - with less stress and frustration.
This is best explained in one of my favourite sentences - a good summary of the book but also an example of Ryan's insight and writing talent: "This [book] will give you the tools to feel in control; to look your child in the eye, return their beaming smile and take a genuine interest in what they are doing, rather than running around putting out fires!"
A great read recommended for dads especially of course but all parents can benefit from his no-nonsense approach.
I had no idea what I was in for with this book. But this guy let's everything go in the first chapter. It's honest. Extremely honest and covers issues like depression and alcohol in new fathers.
But then the book goes on to become a really practical hands on guide for new dads so they can manage parenting on their own if they need to. The chapters on personal health, child health, nutrition are especially helpful and I've since given this to my partner.
Perhaps the only thing that might polarise some people is that it's very upfront and doesn't hold back. That makes it confronting, but that's also what I liked about it.