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If you are raising children, you can benefit from reading Andrew McKinney’s How I Lost My Hair Raising Teenage Girls: And the Lessons I Learned. While the names and places are changed to protect privacy, the anecdotes and situations are authentic. The author and his wife Karen have raised a son, two daughters, a cat, and a dog. While balancing career and family, he gives you his hands-on experience of the joyful but also difficult years that have shaped him as a husband and especially as a father. This witty autobiographical account of fatherhood and child-rearing is divided into twenty-eight chapters. Beginning with The Day Your Kids Lie and ending with The University Conundrum, the author keenly traces family moments that attest to parenting as the most challenging yet fulfilling of vocations.
Most people write about parenting to connect and share, in one way or another, with other parents. Andrew McKinney skillfully builds on this objective, with a humorous and intelligent tone that elicits empathy from its target audience, even if you don’t have children. Looking at McKinney at the end of the book where he smiles wanly and proudly sporting his baldness like a badge of wisdom, this is an author, a husband, and a father worthy of your trust. As his memoir gently follows his descent toward hair loss, you can see that this real-life story on parenting depends, above all, on the quirks and flaws of the people he holds dear that he accepts unconditionally because it’s all part of the parenting job that he signed up for. How I Lost My Hair Raising Teenage Girls embodies the passionate drive of one father to tell the ups and downs of his parenting journey. It is sure to trigger your memories of your own child-raising experience and is a handy reference for anyone who considers raising a family. Highly recommended.