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WIN 1 of 17 copies of Man Raises Boy by Rob Sturrock, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

Written from the front line of fatherhood, journalist Rob Sturrock grapples with the daily challenges of raising boys who can thrive in the current era.

A book from the front lines of modern fatherhood.

Welcome to Rob Sturrock’s journey into parenting. Since the birth of his daughter, Rob has been passionate about being an active and present father, but this hasn’t always been straightforward. Struggling with stereotypes, judgement, identity and isolation while on parental leave, Rob has tried to balance supporting his wife and young children with the societal expectation of being a breadwinner for his family.

With the arrival of his son, a new set of anxieties was born. In today’s climate, how do you raise a boy? The roar of the #MeToo movement has meant that men have had to learn to listen, and to confront their masculinity and what it means to be a man. Through extensive research and interviews with dads doing it differently – including Tony Sheldon, Adam Liaw and Bernie Shakeshaft – Rob Sturrock explores a new era of fathering that balances strength and vulnerability, allowing men to voice their insecurities and uncertainties, and encouraging them to truly cherish their families.

 

Man Raises Boy is at once an insightful and necessary call to arms for all new fathers, a guiding hand in the maze of love, guilt, anxiety and joy in fatherhood – and an ordinary dad’s beautifully moving love letter to his son.

‘Raw, inspiring and brutally honest. If you have a son, read this book.’ Madonna King, bestselling author of Fathers and Daughters.

Please note this competition is open from 1st March 2020 until 31st March 2020 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

Winners for this competition

  1. B. Downey - QLD
  2. L. Forrest - NSW
  3. S. Juraga - SA
  4. S. Abraham - NSW
  5. S. Becker - TAS
  6. S. Capper - VIC
  7. M. Forsyth - SA
  8. S. Underhill - NSW
  9. L. Cook - VIC
  10. J. TRAPP - QLD
  11. B. Kramer - NSW
  12. S. Copeman - NSW
  13. S. Greenwald - VIC
  14. S. Oberman - WA
  15. T. Taylor - NSW
  16. C. Horgan - WA
  17. C. Tait - QLD
  • Patience, a good sense of humour and love. What more do you need?


  • Empathy. If you can’t put yourself in your children’s shoes, how can you meet their emotional needs?


  • Compassion, open mind, empathy and faith. To ensure they accept their children as they were made.


  • being able to communicate with their children, and help them and show them, and not think its a mothers job to do it all.


  • He shoud have the ability to laugh with his kids and shower them with love and affection :)


  • The ability to play – every parent should be able to play with their child. Empathy – the ability to understand how their child feels, and be able to comfort whilst teaching their child to be resilient. The ability to parent, and teach appropriate boundaries, rather than being a friend


  • Love for his family, respect for his wife, time for everyone and strong faith to help guide him through lifes battles


  • Loving, caring, understanding, honesty, respect for women and having time for the family- According to me, these are the most important qualities every father should have.


  • The time to spend being in the moment with there children. They can be present but they need to engage also.


  • Respect for his wife, children and others. Love. Caring and nurturing . Understanding .
    All these things make a better person and can bring up a child they’d be proud of.


  • Patience, love and forgiveness because those qualities will ensure a wonderful bond.


  • Love ,respect ,self worth hard work caring sharing . The same as woman . It’s important we show our children how to respect our partners and real love .


  • A good Father listens and offers reassurance and encouragement. Patience and confidence that life is a roller coaster but he can have strength to help his kids pull through anything. A good father puts his children first.


  • Loyalty to the children and their wellbeing, understanding of the childs character and thoughts, strength to get through the tough times and humour to help everyone realise we are human.


  • A father should be fun goofy dad . To make the boys laugh and giggle is the best sound in the world . To jump around on the trampoline and building LEGO side by side with his kids . Just be their best mate


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