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Well-written, concise, and entertaining.
on July 4, 2000
Truth be told, when my sister-in-law gave me this book during the week prior to the birth of our son, my thought was, "Well, that's nice, but heck, I've already read the books my wife bought." Yet, I soon changed my mind after starting the book. Mind you, there are scores of excellent parenting books out there, but this is one of the few that relate the experience of becoming a new dad from a man's perspective. That's been of more value to me than I would have thought: Let's face it, we men tend to get self-conscious when we try to talk to each other about issues of the heart, and the result can be that a man too often feels isolated upon becoming a new parent. Armin Brott comes across in a sensitive, sincere manner, without crossing the line into an Alan Alda-ish "Gee I'm sorry I'm a man" tone. He covers the practical considerations of having a new baby in the house, but just as importantly, he discusses the emotional issues that arise with the birth of a child, such as the importance of recognizing the changes in the relationship between a man and his partner that seem to catch too many folks by surprise. "The New Father" is a great resource for new dads; it beats the heck out of drinking beer with your buddies and complaining about how bad baby poop smells.