FATHERS ARE FUNNY by Frederic F. Van de Water
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Here's a book that explodes the sentimental slant on father-son relationship. An intelligent father of twenty years' standing gives an account of his stewardship. He shows how the years have educated him, reformed and trained him, showing him the impossibility of being his son's pal, and acknowledging that his child has aged him rather than keeping him young. He reports his battles with progressive education,his theories on the training he would have preferred, his thoughts on what he believes and how he should share those beliefs with his son. He contrasts a mother's and a father's relations with a son, and bewails the lack of training for parenthood given a male. It's a wise and kindly book, that it might be well for adolescents -- as well as other fathers -- to read. Not aimed at the humorous market, despite the title, but a likeable job in explaining the problems of parenthood.

Pub Date: Aug. 31st, 1939
ISBN: 115139291X
Publisher: John Day