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About the Author

Kevin Nelson is the author of The Daddy Guide: Real-Life Advice and Tips from over 250 Dads and Other Experts; Pickle, Pepper and Tip-In Too: 275 Sports-Derived Games and Activities for Kids; and Operation Bullpen. He was a regular correspondent for www.dadmag.com and has written articles for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine, among others. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Everything (Parenting)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.; 1 edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580629741
  • ASIN: B001C46QQU
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I have recommended this book to every new father without hesitation.
Amazon Customer
My husband found this to be very reassuring to help with anxiety of his soon first born arriving.
Starr Colón
The good about the book: It spoke in language that is easy to understand, and is a quick read.
" Anti Microchip "

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Shelton-Lopata on April 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I had to write this review as I saw this was being totaly badmouthed by other wives. The book is honest, to the point and easy to understand. My husband does not want to hear all the medical terms but he wanted to know what was normal for him and I to be going through. I agreed with most of his comments and advise.

As far as the negative comment from other reviewers about the dad going home to rest, it is just a suggestion, and not always a bad one. These books open the dialog for the mom and dad to discuss how they want to handel it. I did not feel like the author was insensitive at all. This really helped my husband and it was a quick painless read for him and made him more involved in the process.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marisa L. Gibler on September 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
While recently visiting a first-time-pregnant friend, I picked up this book and couldn't put it down. And now that I'm expecting, it's the first book I thought of to give to my fiance. The advice is practical, the insights honest, and, while the same can hardly be said for most books I've seen that are aimed at MOTHERS-to-be, it never felt judgemental. Feelings are validated, multiple viewpoints are covered, and the author doesn't compell you to buy out a furniture and/or toy store to feel that you will be a successful parent. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Teresa R. Simpson on April 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Contrary to what some of the other reviewers have written, I did not find this book to be negative at all. For example, one reviewer said, "...the writer suggests that most marriages end in divorce so fathers should bond with the child while they can!"

What the writer actually does is mentions the well-known statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce. He then suggests ways for men to improve their relationships with their wives and ways for them to strengthen their families! This is not a negative book at all. This is an honest look at fatherhood with helpful advice and important information. My husband got a lot out of this book and I recommend it for any fathers-to-be.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By " Anti Microchip " VINE VOICE on April 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Here are my qualifications: I'm going to be a first time dad, and I am a Registered Nurse. I would also like to say that although I liked this book I think the author didn't live up to the title of the book. This is definately not The EVERYTHING fathers to be book. I'll explain, Read on.

The good about the book: It spoke in language that is easy to understand, and is a quick read. I also found that it deals with some of the emotional challenges that men will face during a pregnancy such as: What if I'm not meant to be a dad, my life is over, I'll never be able to do... I love the glossary in the back which I feel has some decent resources. The book for the most part is practical, and gives good advice in most cases. A solid book to START WITH....

The Bad about the book: There was one section where the author mentioned in passing that women can have an occasional alcoholic drink after discussing it with their physician. Where I have heard of physicians approving of an occasion alcoholic beverage while pregnant (a co-worker of mine said her physician told her an occasional drink was OK) I just can't say I approve of it AT ALL... Why take any risk if it's not necessary? The author did correctly state that men shouldn't be drinking like fish during their wives pregnancy (on a personal note I have chosen to not drink along with my wife in support of her). My problem is not that the author misrepresented anything; my issue is with any use of drugs (including cigarettes) or alcohol with pregnancy. Why leave the door open for anything to go wrong when it isn't necessary. I also thought the author could have been a little more thorough in a few spots (mainly the stages of labor).
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By Amazon Customer on March 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
My wife read like 20 books while expecting...I only needed this book =) Take it form a guy, this is a simple book, straight to the point and in a language that a Father wants,reads and understands. I have recommended this book to every new father without hesitation. For example i did not understand why we needed it a larger room, better bathroom tile (it was OK for a third member already)and stuff like that. It's called Nesting and is present in all creatures in nature. Thanks to this simple explanation, I said, look: no point to argue about it, she will spend time, money, ideas around those things and i have to deal with it.
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It is a good book, but a lot of the info is available on the internet already. My husband prefers to search the info he wants to learn about rather than read the book, however all may not be the same for all men
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By Janet Swenson on August 6, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book for dads. Very infomative and easy to read. Would buy again for another dad. From birth to toddler. Great
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By Zech Riggs on March 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This was actually a pretty decent book and funny at times. It is a little outdated on some facts but will overall give good advice to new fathers. Good luck and God bless in these endeavors
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