Author: Treion Muller
Basic Overview: As a father of five, author Treion Muller offers advice from “one dad to another” in his book, Dad Rules. The 81 rules to help dads navigate the sometimes scary journey of fatherhood are divided into three sections: “What Dads Should Know”, “What Dads Should Say” and “What Dads Should Do”.
There were several things about this book that I thought were perfect for dads. First, I love that Muller calls it a “manual.”
“It’s not a book, honey, it’s a manual. You can just read the parts you need…..”
Second, the advice is presented in simple, bite-sized pieces that make for an easy read. Let’s be honest, how many men usually want to sit down and read a thick tome on parenting?
Third, besides giving great, down-to-earth advice, Muller writes in a funny, honest manner that I think would appeal to most dads. For example, I loved Rule # 2: Driving a minivan is inevitable. “Yes, be prepared to give up your man card.” (pg 10).
Parts I Liked Best: The rules in part one, “What Dads Should Know”, deal with the inevitables of fatherhood, what the author terms, “the ‘just deal with it’ rules”. Things like the aforementioned rule # 2, these rules give dads a heads-up on things like having to share just about everything, watching cartoons, changing dirty diapers and learning to refrain from fixing everything.
In the next part, dads are given helps on what to say and what not to say. Some of my favorites included:
- If you don’t know, say “I don’t know.”
- Always praise
- Don’t “@#$%&”
- The answer to “Dad, can I show you something?” is always “Yes!”
Finally, “What Dads Should Do” is filled with helpful advice on everything from spending time with your children to protecting them from harmful online influences.
Filled with sage advice, Dad Rules is a great book for the new and veteran father alike. Chances are, most dads will realize they’re already living by many of these rules, boosting their confidence. And when they’re at a loss for what to do, they have somewhere to turn.
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