Rummaging through a drawer recently I came upon a small cassette tape used for dictation. Curious I dug out my Dictaphone and listened. I discovered it contained dictated notes for a book I contemplated writing whilst being a house husband. Shortly after dictating the notes I went back to work and life took over. But now I have resurrected the idea and have published the book.
The entire contents of the book are on the website raisingsmalls.com.
Here is the cover blurb:
“Since man was created/ climbed down out of the trees/ arrived through some rift in time and space (delete as applicable) he has had to cope with raising Smalls.”
A bold enough statement but not particularly true because it has actually nearly always been woman’s role to take the primary parenting responsibility of raising children. But the times, they are a changing, and man now often finds himself in uncharted territory; at home, trying to cope with tasks that he has neither been genetically programmed nor socially trained to carry out. Where does he begin?
There are many websites and books filled with parenting advice which is largely contradictory as experts extemporise on the latest research into child behaviour, each claiming that theirs is the answer to dealing with the difficult issues surrounding the raising of children.
This is not one of those. The author is not a parenting expert qualified in child psychology or a super nanny that can sort out problem Smalls just by looking at them in a stern tone of voice. He is just a house husband, a father as adrift as any other. He has no parenting advice to offer but can, perhaps, share some of the pain of Raising Smalls.