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Colwick dad writes children’s book that helps explain co-parenting to youngsters


A dad from Colwick has written a new children’s book which aims to help youngsters understand more about the challenges of co-parenting.

Michael Shanahan’s book My Daddy, My Hero, is aimed at dads with young children and can be used to explain to them why their parents don’t live together. Work on a ‘mummy’s version’ is now also underway.

Mr Shanahan told Gedling Eye: “I co-parent for my young daughter and I think it’s very difficult to explain to them why their parents don’t live together.

“I decided to create a story which could be used to explain the situation in a fun way and potentially reduce anxiety for the child who may be confused by it all. 

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The front cover of the new children’s book explaining co-parenting to youngsters

“It explains the day in the life of a Dad picking his daughter up from Nursery and the night-time routine before explaining that both parents love her. 

“There are over 2.5 million separated families in the UK and I believe the book will help a tough conversation made easier.

My target audience with this book is dads with a child between the ages of 2 and 8 and I have used the example of a girl named after my daughter Belle. I have almost finished a Mummy’s version too which will target single mums

He added: “I am working hard to get this published into a printed book that will hopefully be available in schools.

The book e-book is priced at just £1.99 is is available on the Kindle store

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You can find it on Amazon HERE

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