NYC (PRWEB) May 27, 2014
This Father’s Day, meet The Baby Wrestler, a field agent who thought that he could handle anything—until he found himself in charge of a precocious toddler, a hyperactive preschooler, an unpredictable wolf-dog, and an old house that was falling down around them. The lessons he would learn upend many cherished assumptions about parenting and family life.
When a thief tried to steal his identity, author James McGowan began to question his own identity as a mission impossible-type UN troubleshooter who thought that someone else, or perhaps even a village, should raise his kids. But circumstances conspired to keep him at home, where he began exploring the issues that have put modern families into a bind, including economic imperatives, social expectations, gender roles, and the definitions of work and success. Beneath the comic ironies that the author confronted on his quest, the issue of male identity emerged as central to understanding why it’s ten times more likely that a man will find himself in prison than at home taking care of his kids in America.
Ultimately, the paradox at the heart of the author’s mission was revealed over the course of a decade—there is no future in childcare, except the future itself.
This humorous memoir comes at a time when two major trends are impacting American families: most households with children now lack a father, yet more fathers than ever are the primary caretakers for their children as stay-at-home-dads (SAHD). If there’s a man in the house at all, there’s a good chance that he’s doing the work traditionally done by a woman. In these complicated times, both fathers and mothers need a new road map, and society needs a fundamental change in the value it places on the job of child raising. To cope with it all without pharmaceutical intervention, modern parents do not need to become Baby Whisperers, they need to become Baby Wrestlers.
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James McGowan at (973) 327-4287