Review: Rules For Dating My Daughter: The Modern Father’s Guide to Good Parenting

Parenting is difficult, and I can say it is far more difficult than adulting. Your own parents never really can prepare you for what this life brings when you bring another human into this world. There is nothing in TV/Movies/Books, that will give you an idea how hard it will be, even though I think maybe more like Uncle Phil form Fresh Prince of Bel Air than James from Good Times. You are usually brought up with good examples everywhere: your parents, your relatives, your friends, and your friends’ parents.

The constant worry and fear for this little person’s future is your “main mission “for the rest of your life. There is nothing that will ever be as important as raising that child/children and the kicker, you become better for it. Rarely does the “perfect parent” really exist, as we all make mistakes in raising our kids. This struggle is hilariously told in Mike Dawson’s Rules for Dating My Daughter: The Modern Father’s Guide to Good Parenting.

Within the first few pages of the book, he gets into the myth of the” feminist father,” the one whose life believes in upholding your daughter before all, but the truth is far more difficult and Dawson gets it better than most. He gets into the daily struggles of going to organized activities for your kids and how “trying to work around these events can be exhausting. He even delves into the myth of the “underdog,” which gives probably the best explanation between perception and reality of this ideal, as he brilliantly illustrates it is the story they are in love with not the underdog.  He even gets into temper tantrums, which seems lie a rite of passage for all parents.

Overall, a beautiful and brilliant tome to what it is to be a father in the modern world. The stories by Dawson are true to life and the reader feels every beat, even if you are not a parent. The at by Dawson is striking and luminous, that captures feelings in every stroke. Altogether, an excellent book that every parent will relate to and every expectant parent will want to read.

Story: Mike Dawson Art: Mike Dawson
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy