The authors of the book Dad Stuff discuss some tips about fatherhood.
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Nina Sebastiane: Most children think their dad's are brilliant fountains of endless knowledge with a huge array of entertaining tricks up their sleeves. Well, most dads do their best to live up to this image, however it isn't always that easy. That's where this new book comes in. Dad's stuff is packed with everything that a dad in the 21st century needs to know to keep your children entertained. So, Simon Rose and Steve Caplin in the office joined me in the studio now. Welcome guys. Now, you must the best dads in the world. Steve Caplin: We're brilliant dads -- there was a point at which were really finishing off the book and it was during the school holidays and our kids were saying, dad, I'm bored, I want to go away -- that I am. Nina Sebastiane: Go away, I'm writing a book. Steve Caplin: That was kind of tricky. Nina Sebastiane: So, busy. Steve Caplin: The thing is dads don't do the talking thing about, you know, how to bring up their children in the games to play and that's -- football. So, we don't have that resource, the mom they've got. Simon Rose: Neither was interested. Nina Sebastiane: Well, is this book could be for moms as well, but it is really gait towards that. Steve Caplin: And it's that what needed. Nina Sebastiane: And having said that, my partner picked it out when I got the copies to have a look at and before they interview and he couldn't put it down. He thought it was brilliant. So, certainly how --? Simon Rose: His ways did not just of entertaining -- but doing of what having good time yourself. Response of the secret is just reminding you how many things are offered, and you know, where it was being childish, well, this gives us the excuse to each other and say we are looking after the kids. Nina Sebastiane: So, you spent six months doing all of this and it was fun? Simon Rose: It was great fun. Steve Caplin: It was great fun. But our children really enjoyed it. Simon Rose: We've tried them out on our children. Nina Sebastiane: Oh, you need to show as if you brought a few bits of elastic band sticky bag plast what else. Simon Rose: That's for the toddler ones. Are we? Steve Caplin: Yeah, I think so -- Simon Rose: I mean great simple things. You don't necessarily need equipment. But one thing that was very popular with all my kids when they were -- wiping the smile of your face, which you just like this, which is incredible, the action toy, you can do the action toy. Steve Caplin: The action toy. Yes, very good literally, that one. Oh that one, yes. The action toy where you do Nina Sebastiane: Excellent. Yeah, I mean -- Steve Caplin: It's so simple. Nina Sebastiane: So how could a two year old, I'm in the car, the constantly you know I'm having to think of ideas and I said, go look out of the window. Oh look darling, there is a tree. That's not very interesting. Steve Caplin: Exactly. That thing that you mustn't you do of course is, ever stop playing ice by with them, because that's the real killer. Once you start, you would playing it over and over and over again and it's a dreadful day. We got several -- Simon Rose: And then you have drive into a tree. Steve Caplin: Exactly. One of the, the ones that we wouldn't like is, when you've got children of different ages, you've got to try to entertain all at the same time. Oh, be wary that the question comes off again and again. One thing is I think of something, so you say to a three year old, think of something furry. And you would say to a seven year old, think of something made of aluminium and you would say to an 11 year old, think of something on the Holy Agnes. Nina Sebastiane: Holy Agnes. Steve Caplin: Holy Agnes Gracey. I will say that they can all join in at the same time, all playing the same game, but playing in a different way. Nina Sebastiane: Well, I mean flicking through this book, I just want to sort of couple of things that I love. This is a brilliant what, where, why, who, how section, which is things like how do planes fly, you kn