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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 2nd edition (May 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076152424X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761524243
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Joy of Sex may have landed you here, but The Joy of Fatherhood is something else entirely. This well-indexed guide to a baby's first year walks fathers through everything from taking a child's temperature to processing complicated emotions with their (exhausted) partners. Written by Marcus Jacob Goldman, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, the book efficiently addresses nuts-and-bolts concerns such as bathing, diapering, feeding, and child-proofing. These topics are the mainstay of the "what to expect" genre, but Goldman's manual is distinctive when focusing on Dad's own feelings and development during this exciting year. He is particularly smart about how to invite pals into a new, baby-centric life: "Teach them how to hold your baby," he advises. "Get them acquainted with your new life by involving them in it." If there is a flaw, it's that Goldman consistently assumes Mom is the primary caregiver, which will probably put off some full-time dads. On the other hand, the book abounds in personal testimonies, so most fathers are bound to find a voice that reminds them of their own. And with regular features like "What Is Your Baby's Day Like," which offers concrete, unbiased information that makes for fun reading, this book will be a valuable resource for new dads with lots of questions. --Kathi Inman Berens

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This book was a great help and an easy read.
Kirk Kinamon
Dr. Goldman's book was the only one that seemed to let me feel what I wanted or needed to feel.
Bill
It is a must have for new dads - a great gift.
Valerie, Ohio

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was great. As a new dad, I was completely overwhelmed. But as I lay in bed at night between my colicky baby's frequent awakenings, I would read Dr. Goldman's book. He has a great way of being truthful, sensitive and funny. I loved the wit, cartoons and advice. Very easy to read. This book is not censored and does speak frankly about some important issues not covered in other like books. Since so many books are written for women (although my wife loved this book and laughed outloud dozens of times) as a man, I appreciate that. Dr. Goldman taught me how to easily save money for my baby, how to engage my friends in my new life with my baby and how to love my wife and new family in all sorts of ways I did not even imagine were possible. He answered all my questions-even some I was fearful of asking my friends or my doctor.
There are differences between men and women--in all sorts of ways--this is an indisputable fact. This book helps bring husband and wife together. Since having a baby will change the nature of your relationship with your wife or partner, Dr. Goldman points out how people can get into trouble if they aren't in-tune with each other. It is a "relationship-failure prevention" book too!! There are many dimensions to having a child-Dr. Goldman gets at all of them with humor and professionalism. It teaches a team approach to raising a baby and is comprehensive medically and psychologically. I highly recommend this book to men and women--if you buy one book on being a new dad, this is it!!! Thanks Dr. Goldman for such a real book!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
How could one book be so chock full of practical tips and humorous views of what fatherhood is all about? Dr. Goldman is full of loving observations of what it means to be an involved dad and a sensitive spouse. This book offers tons of suggestions for dads on how to bond with baby, care for baby's needs and safety, understand baby, and more. In short, this is an invaluable map for charting a course that, for many men, is in mysterious territory. Buy one for yourself and for a friend or two!!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bill on August 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Well, I really think I needed this book. I was anxious to say the least but when the baby arrived, i had no idea what to expect or what to do. My wife's books did not apply to me. I had a lot of mixed feelings about the whole thing but could not tell anyone about it. Dr. Goldman's book was the only one that seemed to let me feel what I wanted or needed to feel. I wasn't filled with joy automatically. A lot of people have been attacked for having one feeling or another or not having certain feelings-especially in the delivery room. I am in love with my baby now but I'm glad that it's ok to let those feelings develop without the guilt. That's not to say that the book is full of doom and gloom--it's NOT--it was ME that was full of doom and gloom...at first. There were some things in the book that made it ok for me to have mixed thoughts for a while. The book was a breath of honest, fresh air!! What a relief. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I would love a part two-what a great read!!I spent most of the time laughing out-loud. It's true, it's just about all true!! No such thing as the "perfect" baby or "perfect" father-fact of life-get used to it. But find Joy in the chaos also!!The book covers the good times and the bad times with easy to read vignettes and stories from dads just like me. It's ok to have angry feeling because you're not sleeping well or get puked on once in a while or because you can't do the things you used to like to do. But it's also ok to tell your baby how in love you are with her, take her to new places, tell your wife how much you love her because of her hard work or shed a tear because of the beauty of it all!! This book allows for mixed feelings-something other books don't mention. Such is life. If you plan to be a truly active father in the life of your baby and family, this is a must read. Wish Dr. Goldman would write another book about the second year!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on February 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was at a friends house and I started to read it although I was not about to become a new father! I found it charming, endearing and full of humor and reasonable practical advice for handling emotional changes, physical changes and a whole new world of fatherhood. I think its wonderful for women as well! The best feature of this book is its sweet sense of humor throughout -Practical and thoughtful - very interesting and reassuring: highly recomend!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
What a delightful, funny book! Dr. Goldman tells the truth about the trials and tribulations of raising a child with a loving prose that is easy to read and enjoyable by both men and women. I actually learned about some of the things my husband was thinking about but felt he couldn't say-from this book. It made it easier for us to talk about it. The book is also a great instruction manual for new dads since it starts with the basics but presents them in a tone that anyone could identify with. It is beautifully written and serves as a reminder that having a baby is both serious and joyous! I applaud the honesty and depth and levity of "The Joy of Fatherhood" and advise all moms and dads to be take a look at it!!!
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