Some may argue that being a parent today comes with more ups and downs than ever before. Local Author David McGlynn knows that all too well and captures the joys, terrors, moral ambiguities, and absurdities of being a father in modern America in his new book.
McGlynn stopped by Local 5 This Morning to talk about his new book One Day You’ll Thank Me: Lessons From an Unexpected Fatherhood and the influence Northeast Wisconsin has had on his writing and his parenting.
There might not be a perfect time to become a new parent but for McGlynn fatherhood came completely out of the blue. He was a graduate student, in debt and married less than a year, when his wife became pregnant with their first son. Their second came soon after McGlynn moved his family across the country to start a teaching job at Lawrence University in Appleton.
One Day You’ll Thank Me translates the small, often hilarious moments common among parents of young children, especially dads, into “life lessons” about fatherhood. Comprised of interconnected chapters—many of which have appeared in such prominent publications as The New York Times, Men’s Health, Parents, Real Simple, and O, The Oprah Magazine—the stories invoke a sense of humor and honesty that expand our understanding of what it means to be an American dad.
McGlynn is the author of three books – One Day You’ll Thank Me: Lessons From an Unexpected Fatherhood, A Door in the Ocean, and the 2008 story collection, The End of the Straight and Narrow.
For more information on David McGlynn and his work visit www.davidmcglynnbooks.com.