I wrestled with that question for a long time. Years to be exact.
So why did I decide to write it? A couple of reasons:
- Most, if not almost all, of the books that I’ve seen and read are either written by professionals – therapists, social workers, psychiatrists or by moms. That doesn’t make them good or bad, it just makes them from a different point of view.
- Many of the books that are written are from what I call “super families.” You know the type – they have adopted 15 kids from foster care. Or they have 5 biological kids and adopted a sibling group from somewhere with 6 more. Those families are amazing. But they aren’t real. There are very few people who can do that. It’s sort of like a high school classmate of mine. He was in the Air Force, now he flies big planes for one of the big airlines. What does he do for a hobby? He runs IronMan Triathlons. He’s nuts but there aren’t very many people who can do that.
I decided to write the book because I believe there are dads (and uncles and grandpas) who need to know more about what raising kids is like and I hope to share that with them from the standpoint of an ordinary dad.
It’s a voice that isn’t being heard. It’s a voice I wish I had heard 10 to 14 years ago.
So I’m going to be that voice.