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Brains behind MusicFootballFatherhood launch new book called DAD on International Men’s Day
The team at MusicFootballFatherhood are using International Men’s Day to launch a campaign to publish a new book.
They have pulled together a selection of stories in the book, simply called DAD. But they are seeking backers to help fund it so it can be published in the spring. You can donate to the crowdfunder here.
They describe DAD as “a deeply moving collection of stories that represent the diversity of modern fatherhood which seeks to start a conversation that challenges the traditions associated with masculinity.”
Founder of MusicFootballFatherhood (MFF) Elliott Rae said, “This is a ground-breaking book. Never before have a group of men come together to bare their souls and speak so openly and honestly about their fatherhood experiences.”
The book covers a huge range of experiences, including a dad that took Shared Parental Leave (SPL) Something close to Elliott’s heart as he was an early adopter of SPL. It also includes powerful stories around widowhood, stillbirth, miscarriage, post-natal depression, divorce, childbirth trauma, work-life balance, gay fatherhood and surrogacy, raising a child with a disability, blended families, black fatherhood, raising a mixed-race child, being a single dad, faith and fatherhood and raising a child with autism.
Elliott added, “The role of the dad has changed massively over the last decade. Gender stereotypes and expectations are evolving all the time but the mainstream media hasn’t caught up. This book will help change the narrative about modern fatherhood.
“Traditionally, men are taught not to open up and talk about their experiences. DAD can be the start of a new conversation and encourage dads across the world to be more open and honest about their fatherhood experience. This book will help to enable better conversations within families and communities.”
Elliott and his team turned to crowdfunding after traditional publishers told them there wasn’t a market for a book featuring real dads sharing their experiences. Elliott added, “There is absolutely an audience for this book. We are at the forefront of the conversations around fatherhood. And we know that the world needs a book like this. We believe that this book will change the conversation around fatherhood, men and masculinity. This book will help so many people and we can’t wait to share the stories.”
The book will be released in Spring 2021. Pre-orders will be available shortly beforehand.