Bookwatch: Book ideas for Father's Day

By Danielle Wright

The Bloke's Guide to your New Human by Jeremy Corbett.
The Bloke's Guide to your New Human by Jeremy Corbett.

Which Way Up? The Bloke's Guide to your New Human
by Jeremy Corbett (Penguin)

It's never been easy to get men to read a parenting book, until now. Written by comedian and broadcaster Jeremy Corbett, Which Way Up? is tongue-in-cheek advice covering everything from the benefits of living with a pregnant woman (or "sober driver") to serious topics such as miscarriage. There are also sections on what happens in the delivery room - information far more easily digested when told by Corbett than in a room full of strangers at antenatal classes - plus after the delivery and into the horrors of kids' entertainment. As Corbett says: "There's nothing guide-y in here. If you choose to follow some of the things that I have done, then it's on you, pal."

Parenting with Balls
by Ian Newbold (New Holland)

Life can change in an instant. When Ian Newbold's wife died of a heart attack at the age of 30 he was left to raise his 7-month-old son. He took to the role with gusto and quit his corporate job to be a stay-at-home dad, which he documents in Parenting with Balls.

He touches on the hard topics, such as grief and those involving awkward social situations. It's a deeply personal account that will help those in similar situations and will make anyone re-evaluate their lives.

What the Dogs Taught Me About Being a Parent
by Doggy Dan (Random House)

Imagine a calm, peaceful household filled with children. That's the future, according to dog trainer Doggy Dan. What the Dogs Taught Me About Being a Parent works with a parent's attitude to create the desired change, such as, "Be prepared to create something magnificent out of every situation". Another states: "The most important time is now. Start investing the time and love [your children] deserve today." As a bonus, it will help you with your kids and your pets.

Reviewed by Danielle Wright, an author who has written award-winning children's books and the news site:

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