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Foxhole Father: The Field Guide for Fathers by Christopher R. Whalen is a guide to raising children to become fully functioning, self aware, self respecting, self sufficient and independent adults. With the overriding philosophy being to ask oneself the foxhole father’s question, “What is best for the children?” before arriving at any decision, Christopher examines the many facets of single parenting. Beginning with a very basic question of how children are to be spoken to, he has selected almost all situations or conflicts that can occur while parenting in providing pragmatic instructions. The importance of being non-judgmental, expected behaviors from children, special care for teenagers, exposing children to technology, the need to have limits and boundaries, and how to handle romance are some of the areas covered in this book.
Foxhole Father: The Field Guide for Fathers by Christopher R. Whalen is a book full of sensible advice. In fact, one need not wait to become a single father to enjoy its help because the sagacious nature of its contents makes it a worthy companion to one and all. The author has made it a point to cover all ‘clumsy’ encounters, I think, and a good part of this book is devoted to handling such occasions as the meeting with one's ex. In fact, there is hardly any dilemma an average parent would be required to face which is not discussed by the author, and his answers are always based on common sense and logic. A good book for all and a worthy reference for all fathers.