Book Excerpt: The Magic of Time Chunks

My book would make a great Father's day gift.
My book would make a great Father’s day gift.

Just in time for Father’s Day, here’s an excerpt from my best-selling book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide.  (Which would make a great gift for yourself or any of the dads in your life!) This excerpt is all about how using time chunks can help keep us focused on family time and free up our mental energy to get the most out of it. It also references Harry Potter. Enjoy!

Regularly Scheduled Time Chunks of Unstructured Activity

A few hours dedicated to a single father-kid activity is better than several distracted twenty minute snippets scattered throughout the day.

When I first started writing this book, for example, Nick would often ask me to play. I didn’t want to disappoint him, so I’d set aside my laptop and join him for ten minutes of Wii LEGO Harry Potter. Then, I’d go back to my writing. Invariably, he’d be back asking me to play a half-hour later, and we’d repeat the cycle.

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Ladies, Here’s a Great Father’s Day Gift for your Husband or the Other Dads in Your Life

Use this card with your Father's Day gift
Use this card with your Father’s Day gift

This book blew my mind and I handed it to my husband. It then blew his mind.

Hi Ladies! Apologies for being so direct. I think that The Working Dad’s Survival Guide would make an excellent Father’s Day gift for the dads in your life.

Most dads are working hard and doing a good job in providing for their families and being involved, loving dads. But we all could use some help, advice and encouragement. that’s why I wrote The Working Dad’s Survival Guide– it is full of relatable stories and advice that dads can use right now to make the work-family juggle a little easier.

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Dad’s Home: Back to Blogging After Other Adventures

Dad's home! After lots of other work (including at the U.N.), I'm back to blogging
Dad’s home! After lots of other work (including at the U.N.), I’m back to blogging

Hi everyone, dad’s home!

Apologies for slowing down on providing blog content. I’ve been busy advocating for working dads, just not here at Fathers, Work and Family.

Here’s a quick roundup of what I’ve been up to, including presenting at the United Nations, writing for Harvard Business Review and Fast Company, and working with partners to advocate for working dads. Here are the highlights.

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Buy an Awesome 99-Cent Stocking Stuffer for Dad (or for yourself!)

A perfect stocking stuffer for dad! The Working Dad's Survival Guide. Just 99 cents.
A perfect stocking stuffer for dad! The Working Dad’s Survival Guide. Just 99 cents.

Since becoming a dad, my favorite Christmas presents haven’t been the big-ticket items. Rather, I’ve come to appreciate smaller, more thoughtful and whimsical “stocking stuffers” from my family.

This holiday season, I have a great digital stocking stuffer for dad (and you!). The e-book version of my best-selling book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide is just 99 cents today and tomorrow (December 9 & 10).

  • So, if you are a dad- spend $1 on yourself this holiday!
  • If you know a dad (your husband, brother, cousin, co-worker, etc.) who is working hard at work and at home- this book will make their work-family juggle easier. I guarantee it.*

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Reader Reviews of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide

What do the first batch of reader reviews on Amazon.com have to say about the Working Dad’s Survival Guide? Thankfully, so far, really good things.

Book coverHands down, the scariest and most exciting part of writing a book is launching it out into the world to see how the market, and more importantly, how readers react.

What if no one cares? Worse, what if people don’t like it?

I’m very happy to report that the early returns on The Working Dad’s Survival Guide are strong (It was initially the #1 Best Seller for Job Markets and Advice on Amazon). But more importantly, the book is out there helping people. Here’s what readers have to say about The Working Dad’s Survival Guide (now available as an e-book and audio book!) through their reviews on Amazon:

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13 Reasons You Don’t Want to Buy My Book During this 2-Day 99 Cents Sale

The Working Dad's Survival Guide is just 99 cents during my 2-day sale! Buy yours today.
The Working Dad’s Survival Guide is just 99 cents during my 2-day sale! Buy yours today.

The Working Dad’s Survival Guide is just 99 cents during my 2-day sale! Buy yours today.

As a thank you to friends, colleagues and supporters, Motivational Press and I are offering the Kindle version of my book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide, for 99 cents today and tomorrow (August 9 and 10).

I think this is a great deal, but, who knows, you may not. Here are the possible reasons I can think of why you may not want to purchase one or more 99 cent Kindle versions of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide:

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The Evolution of My Book Cover

The cover design for the Working Dad's Survival Guide was a study in evolution
The cover design for the Working Dad’s Survival Guide was a study in evolution

The most frequent comment I get about The Working Dad’s Survival Guide is, “I LOVE the cover.” I love it, too.

Like most things involved with publishing a book, it is a process of creating, editing, trashing, starting over, editing, deciding, tweaking and finally launching something into the world. Creative processes are not easy, and there’s a lot of effort going on behind the scenes.

For today’s post, I want to take a detour from the concerns of working dads, and to share with you the long and winding road of selecting a cover design. (Please note that this artwork is NOT to be used without permission)

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Working Dads and Parental Leave: My MSNBC Interview

One of the reasons I wrote The Working Dad’s Survival Guide was to help draw attention to the challenges faced by working dads and how corporate and public policy can address them. So I was thrilled when I was asked on to MSNBC to discuss my book, working dads and parental leave. Please click below to … Read more

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