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Fathers today play a greater role with their families and children than ever before. However, military dads and dats-to-be are often separated from their families for exentded periods of time. Unfortunately, there are very few resources for military (and deployed civilian) fathers, who are looking for guidance on how to be in close touch with their families back home. The Military Father, written by the country's leading authority on fatherhood, will fill that gap, providing deployed dads with everything they need to know to stay (or become) involved with and connected to their family regardless of the distance that separates them.

Part I of this essential sourcebook covers pre-deployment and explores the profound effect a dad's absence will have on his spouse, his children, and himself. It also provides extensive pre-deployment checklists and detailed tips aimed at preparing the dad and his family for separation and long-distance communication. Part II, During Deployment, explains how to stay involved and connected when you're far away, and includes specific strategies and activities designed to help dads and their family remain close across time and distance. Part III, Coming Home, offers advice on post-deployment times from preparing to come home and surmounting the challenges of returning to military or civilian life. In addition, the book includes a chapter on how dads can support a spouse when she's the one being deployed, and a comprehensive listing of resources available to soldiers and their families.

Flavored with the author's trademark wit, warmth, and intelligence, this guide combines a wealth of knowledge from experts, scientific studies, and interviews with scores of military fathers and their families.

The Military Father includes cartoons that complement the text, solicited from deployed military or civilian fathers and family members, ranging from those on active duty to veterans. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

A former Marine, Armin A. Brott has devoted the last 15 years to providing men with the tools, support, and knowledge to help them become the fathers they want to be----and their families need them to be. His seven critically acclaimed books for fathers have sold well over a million copies. Titles include The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be and The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year. He has written on fatherhood for hundreds of newspapers and magazines and is a frequent guest on such television programs as the Today Show. He also writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column (Ask Mr. Dad), and hosts a syndicated radio show (Positive Parenting). He lives with his family in Oakland, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: New Father Series
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789210304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789210302
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,124,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Armin A. Brott, author of The Expectant Father, Fathering Your Toddler, Fathering Your School-Age Child, The Single Father, and Father for Life: A Journey of Joy, Challenge, and Change, as well as the audiobook of The Expectant Father, has written on fatherhood for such leading publications as The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and Parenting. Host of 'Positive Parenting,' a weekly talk show, he lives with his family in Oakland, California.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Eisenhauer on April 28, 2013
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It doesn't matter who you are: the person deploying; significant support people such as: spouse (or SO), their parents, in laws — anyone associated with a deployment needs this book. It's so valuable that I'd like to see it remarketed under and additional title. Truthfully, I'd love for this book to be handed out free by the DoD to every deploying Service member. (Review by Executive Director of American Initiatives for Military Support (AIMS) and significant support person for two deployments.) If I had this book before either of these deployments, the experiences would have been MUCH better. Thank you, Armin for an incredible resource.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M M Frank on July 8, 2010
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This book is Brott's attempt to write an all-things-to-all-servicemembers guide to deployment, and he does a fair job. The book is arranged chronologically with respect to a deployment timeline, first pre-deployment, then during, then post-deployment, and broken down further to address issues of the service member, the spouse, and the children. He includes lists of resources available to family members and his appendix includes an exceedingly helpful pre-deployment checklist. This book also addresses the issues of Reservists and civilian contractors. Anyone facing their first deployment (with or without children) would benefit from reading this book.

The writing and style is typical Brott, with corny jokes and copious entreaties for the service member to buy his wife flowers. The book has lots of cartoons from military contributors which add to its appeal and a fair number of boxed paragraphs which are generally helpful but often are unfortunately placed with regard to the rest of the book's layout, in that you often have to stop at a bad spot to read them or you have to remember to return to them after you've finished the segment of the book you're currently reading.

There are a few drawbacks to this book. The biggest issue I see, as a Navy spouse, is that naval deployments are a lot different from land-based deployments, which this book primarily focuses on. Space is at such a premium on naval vessels that your sailor will probably not have room to store all the art projects or baby outfits Brott suggests you send to him. Also, communications aboard ship are considerably different.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Steiner on February 2, 2012
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I first purchased this book to use as a basis for my work with children of military parents.
The book's content was insightful, well organized and thorough. I felt the book was so helpful,
I purchased several copies and sent them to my son, who is a military officer to present to his men.
Both the parent being deployed and the one maintaining the family unit on the homefront would benefit
from reading this book and utilizing its suggestions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MoPhotos on January 14, 2013
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I bought this with the entent of understanding my role in the family after a deployment. The tips and experiences shared in this book have helped me continue to be a part of my family even while being have way around the world and on different schedules due to the time zone difference. I definately recomment this book to soon to be deployed and even currently deployed servicememebers. It works!
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By Kim Skeens on October 5, 2014
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I got this for my husband as a predeployment gift bc i knew he was going to have a hard time leaving his daughter behind and dealing with me being pregnant alone. This this the only book I could find for a military serving dad. I've read tons of spouse books and I have to say this one was better then the spouse books! Recommend to any dad that serves!
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