Top Drawer Dads: New Book Celebrates Fathers as They Shape Our Lives

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Authors spread positive message to fathers for Father’s Day through new book featuring everyday dads doing extraordinary things.

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Society pays little attention to regular fathers – the normal ‘Joe’ who loves his wife and kids, generally likes what he does for a living and contributes to the larger community.

Do you remember your dad’s top drawer? What was in it? What do these things represent to you? Chances are the items in your dad’s top drawer match many of the things that are in your top drawer. It is in this drawer that children smell, feel and touch their father. Here they discover the same safety and warmth many children have experienced in their visits to their father’s top drawer.

Dr. Thomas F. Mahan and Mr. Richard Nicorvo founded the company Top Drawer Dads and accompanying website to celebrate fathers and create an on-line learning and sharing community. “Society pays little attention to regular fathers – the normal ‘Joe’ who loves his wife and kids, generally likes what he does for a living and contributes to the larger community,” says Mahan. “The normal dad just does what needs to be done to raise responsible kids.”

The book version of Top Drawer Dads encourages positive parenting and attempts to counter negative messages about fathers. In Top Drawer Dads, readers are encouraged to re-live memories of being a father or of being fathered, become aware of the power of being a father, see examples of other Top Drawer Dads and have shared a safe, yet intimate, message of appreciation and love. The book is available through the Top Drawer Dad website.

“Most of the books available to dads focus on the things dads do wrong,” Mahan says. “They zero in on dads who are either absent, alcoholic, divorced, broken psychologically or in an identity crisis. Rarely is popular literature helpful or reinforcing to regular fathers and their families.” Top Drawer Dads presents a positive and thankful message to fathers.

Dr. Thomas Mahan is CEO of Top Drawer Dads, LLC and the Chairman of The Work Institute – a workforce and workplace research company. Prior to founding Top Drawer Dads and The Work Institute, Tom held consultation, counseling, research, and general management roles with Spherion, Cigna, and Prentice-Hall. Earlier in his career, Tom counseled troubled and troubling families with the Edwin Gould Foundation in New York and at Cumberland House School in Nashville, Tennessee. Professor Mahan, as time allows, is adjunct faculty at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Mahan is well known through his teaching and conference speaking with national and international organizations. Tom is a behavioral consultant, executive counselor and advisor, and the author of The Why Factor: Winning With Workforce Intelligence.

Marie Aldom Smith has worked for more than three decades as a journalist and communications professional in Canada and the United States. She has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for her writing on both sides of the border. Her work has been carried in The Toronto Star and on CBC Radio. Prior to moving to the U.S., 10 years ago, she was responsible for communications at Nipissing University in Ontario, Canada. Her freelance career in the U.S. has included working as an interim communications director in Pittsburgh and producing a multiple-award-winning, not-for-profit newsletter.

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