When it’s Father’s Day I always miss my wonderful Dad as he was just such a wonderful person, charismatic, kind, thoughtful, funny and great, great fun.
From my Dad I learnt my values, my confidence, my tenacity.
From my Dad I learnt compassion, finding the balance in everything from studying, working, to playing and having fun.
From my Dad I learnt how to trust men, how to be treated by men and how to respect myself.
From my Dad I learnt to be independent, resilient and what family life was all about.
My children learnt about patience, tolerance, people who cared and loved them enough to spend TIME with them playing, reading, laughing, going to the park, spoiling them on Wednesday afternoons when my Mum and Dad picked them up from school to spoil them with sweets, comics and ‘True Lies’ as my Dad had run out of true real life stories about his own life and made up wonderful stories and tales for my kids that they still remember today despite being 28 and 26.
When he passed away on 15th July 2004 it was just after his 79th birthday and 3 days before mine.
I still miss him and he never saw me on the telly or radio or read my books – but from my happy childhood came my passion to pass on some of that magic to other families.
Here are some great books to celebrate Dads all through the year.
Lots of studies have found that children benefit more when fathers read them bedtime stories.
When men read with their kids, the questions dads ask often encourage use of the imagination and spark “imaginative discussions.” This, in turn, enhances language development.
So here’s the moral of the story: get some of these amazing stories celebrating fathers, let dad read them with your kids, and watch the magic happen!
New in The Sue Atkins Book Club is a wonderful book:
DAD is a deeply moving and inspiring collection of stories that represent the diversity of modern fatherhood and seeks to start a conversation that challenges the traditions associated with masculinity.
Including 20 powerful and defiant stories about postnatal depression, becoming a new dad during the pandemic, miscarriage, widowhood, stillbirth, co-parenting, childbirth trauma, work-life balance, new dads at work, shared parental leave, being a stay-at-home dad, gay fatherhood and surrogacy, being a stepdad, black fatherhood, raising child of dual heritage, being a single dad, faith and fatherhood, raising a child with autism, gender stereotypes and more.
Each chapter will take you on a journey; you will be immersed in that dad’s world. Underlying each of the dad’s stories is a persistent and driving force of love, defiance, humility and strength to be the best fathers they can be for their families.
This is a ground-breaking book. A movement. Never before have a group of men come together to bare their souls and speak so openly and honestly about their fatherhood experiences. This book aims to encourage better dialogue between colleagues, friends, and especially within families; between husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, dads and children.
Our call to action is for more open conversations, like the ones you are about to read.
Enjoy, and happy reading!