Men Can Do It: The Real Reason Dads Don't Do Childcare, and What Men and Women Should Do About It Paperback – 27 May 2013
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A highly entertaining plea for men to become great dads... An engaging manifesto: proof that dads can be capable and caring when it comes to babies --Oliver James, broadcaster, child psychologist and author of 'How Not to F*** Them Up' and 'Love Bombing'
Gideon Burrows perceptively and powerfully takes on the last taboo in childcare, challenging the very foundations of the contemporary debate about parenting. --Duncan Fisher OBE, co-founder of The Fatherhood Institute and Dad.info
Witty and honest. A wake-up call for all new parents. --Hello! magazine
Men can do it and we need to talk about that more. A very timely book. --Fiona Millar, author of The Secret World of the Working Mother
About the Author
Gideon Burrows is a writer and involved father. He didn't realise other men didn't do an equal role in childcare, until it was too late to change. Just like his wife, he spends half the working week looking after their children. Gideon has written a number of books on charity communication and the arms trade. He has also worked as a freelance and staff journalist for The Guardian, Third Sector, Community Care, The New Statesman, New Start and Municipal Journal. He has written for hundreds of charities, working on their websites, newsletters, fundraising materials and annual reports.
Top Customer Reviews
Firstly it is a witty entertaining read - just what tired parents need! It really is a page turner and I never thought I would say that about a book dealing with parenting...
It is based on solid research, blows up the idea of the growing trend of dads in aprons (I wondered where they all were - thought it was just Wales that was missing them) and has given us a whole new idea of how to do things that will make family life ... well better for all of us.
If only we had read this before (or in the earlier stages of) having children - rather than when they are 5, 11 and 13. But it is never too late and we are inspired!
I do not give five stars to the book, just because I am a foreign dad living in the UK and I think being fair to me is just culturally natural. Some more reference to how diverse cultures tackle this issue of equality in parenting was missing. But that is the only criticism. The book is very inspirational.
Good luck Gideon with your health situation. And I will make sure I enjoy as much as I can my children. Thanks for the encouragement to be a different father.
I was wondering why I read so much in newspapers etc about dads doing more hands on parenting/childcare these days - and yet most relationships I could see involved the mum being the main carer and the dad doing a bit at weekends. Why when most of my friends are fairly liberal and progressive in their views, when children came along, it all went quite 1950s - and why they all had individual explanations for why that was, adamant that they weren't sexist. Contradictory arguments ('it's because he's self employed/I'm self employed I have to look after the children while he works...' 'my job was much more secure/less secure, so it made sense for me to take a lot of time off or go part time...') - but all leading to the same scenario. Mum takes a huge step back in terms of work - often thinking it will be temporary, when it isn't - dad is put under pressure to earn more to compensate, works longer hours, becomes much less competent with the children than she is, and ultimately becomes more of a stranger to their own family.
This books shines a light on the sexist expectations and scenarios that come with parenthood - and how we are compicit with them, often without being aware of it. And certainly not meaning to be. It's a myth buster - and really radically assertive about the role dads can and should play. It's also an argument for a healthier, happier family life and the rewards that a close and caring relationship with your children can bring.
But dull and worthy it ain't. It's a very easy, entertaining read that's actually quite uplifting. You don't often get to say that about books involving sexual politics and parenting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend that all parents read this book. As the author admits it is aimed at 'middle class parents' which is slightly annoying as you can tell the author has fewer money... Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Having just had our second daughter I wasn't sure if I'd find time to read a book but this has been an inspiration over the last few weeks. Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2013 by Kate
From a females perspective I found this book very enlightening, particularly as my husband & I share our child's care. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by Maria
This book is an absolute must read for men, I commute to work on a very busy route and this book had me laughing out loud but also shed a few tears. Read morePublished on 30 July 2013 by Mr. Sc Dean
A brilliant, funny and well-written book that will make you challenge your own assumptions about gender roles in families. Read morePublished on 29 July 2013 by sparkyannc
This book made me really think about the glass ceiling and hopeful that there is a better way to break it. Read morePublished on 11 July 2013 by Irene Amadi
An unexpectedly touching love story of a man who realises that he has the option to take a back seat approach to childcare or to be as hands-on as he likes, and that society does... Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2013 by Sarah