Dad, How Do I? Practical “Dadvice” for Everyday Tasks and Successful Living

Morrow. May 2021. 224p. ISBN 9780063074996. $24.99. SELF-HELP
One of the feel-good stories to come out of 2020 was a new YouTube channel that went viral for its simplicity and usefulness. The channel Dad, How Do I? was created by Rob Kenney, who realized that many people, himself included, lacked a fatherly influence in their life. Kenney used his quarantine time to record a series of brief instructional videos on topics customarily taught by a father, such as tying a tie or changing a tire. He wasn’t seeking fame, but after a viral tweet and media interviews, he has since amassed over three million followers. Following the success of his channel, many have reached out to him to share their own experiences of growing up without a father. Kenney has since shared with viewers his advice on pain, forgiveness, grief, and how to move forward. He saw a need for practical advice and emotional support, which inspired him to write this guidebook that contains both elements. There’s advice on home maintenance and personal finances, as well as musings on deeper topics like reconciliation and faith.
VERDICT Like the YouTube channel, this is a touching yet informative guide for those seeking fatherly advice, or even a few good dad jokes.
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