When I Am With Dad

What did you like about the book? "When I Am With Dad" is a valuable book for families trying to positively explore and welcome the differences of separately co-parenting their children. Elizabeth and Lulu gently and non-judgmentally outline their dad’s parenting style, playing preferences, food choices, physical surroundings, and even hair braiding. The illustrations convey a warm family interaction between father and daughters on each page, even if it feels non-traditional to the girls. The father tries his best confronting the unfortunate realities of non-gendered bathrooms and other logistical problems of single parenting mixed genders. Attending a baseball game broadens the girls’ world and crazy bedtime stories excite them. These new experiences will build resilience as they learn to be flexible while negotiating a cluttered bedroom, art projects and tickle time with dad.

Anything you didn’t like about it? It was sweet to see them sharing a bed on last page, which may be acceptable when this young age, but could be more explicit that it was not a permanent arrangement.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Elementary children, along with their parents. [more]

Diane Neylon

Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA

August 8, 2016