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Congratulations, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: What's Ahead from A to Z for First-Time Fathers Paperback – January 15, 2002
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"Many first-time fathers-to-be have no idea what is before them. In many cases they had fathers who weren't involved with them during their formative years. This book was written to help new dads prepare for what lies ahead for them from the time they first learn they are pregnant to when the baby is around eighteen months old. It also includes advice from new dads from James Dobson, Chuck Swindoll and others. . . .I wish my husband and our sons had had the book to read many years ago when they were going through the process. I would encourage you to give a copy or recommend this book to everyone you know who is becoming a dad for the first time." (Ann Bales All About Families Newsletter 2006-09-01) --1
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Most dads look forward to d-day (delivery day) with a strange mix of excitement and dread. And it’s no surprise since the birth of his first child is probably among the most nerve-stretching events a man will ever experience.
While dads-to-be are plagued by thousands of questions about entering the baby-fray, guys aren’t likely to sit down with their fathers and friends to engage in “baby-talk.” So where does a dad find a reliable source of information and preserve his “he-man” image?
This is the resource you’re looking for. Set up in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format, this book is written by a veteran dad and his wife, who clearly presents the female perspective—and the medical insights afforded by her training—on matters that sometimes confuse men. Also included are features by several “seasoned dads”—such as Dr. James Dobson and Chuck Swindoll—who have experienced much in the trenches of fatherhood and now pass what they’ve learned along to readers.
“Here's a book that will help first-time dads get off to a good start.”
—Dr. Joseph M. Stowell
President, Moody Bible Institute
"I know Paul and Pam, and I recommend this book for first-time fathers."
Paul and Pamela Pettit are the extraordinarily busy parents of five children and live in Dallas, Texas, where Paul serves as Associate Director of Spiritual Formation and the President & Founder of Dynamic Dads. Pamela works on the transport team for neonatal intensive care for Baylor University Medical Center. Paul is a former sportscaster and popular speaker for men’s groups and young people.
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Regardless, I made it through about 10 pages until I tossed it. All of the information was very basic and general knowledge, and provides little insight on issues you will face as a parent. If you are looking for a good dad book I have two recommendations; First, if you are looking for a funny, sports-themed, yet informative first-time dad book I highly recommend "Quarterback Dad: A Play by Play Guide to Tackling Your New Baby" by Bobby Mercer with Dr. Alison D. Schoniwald MD, FAAP. If you are looking for a more serious, but yet funny and informative book, I would go with "Becoming a Father" by William Sears, MD. Both of these books are written in a coherent manner and can be read straight through with no offensive overtones. But I can't recommend "Congratulations..."
As a mother, I was able to relate to many of the situations in the book. Men, on the other hand, will certainly gain a lot of knowledge, and read what it's like to be a dad from the many stories written by fathers. Soon-to-be dads will learn what it means when someone tells their wife that they are "glowing;" what a "growth spurt" is; and many more useful facts about pregnancy and fatherhood. And women...men will also get some tips on how to prevent and treat diaper rash -- now there's no excuse! I think soon-to-be fathers will gain a little more respect for women, pregnancy, and the whole process of reproduction after they've read this book :-).
My ParenTime recommends "Congratulations Youre Gonna Be a Dad" - It's informative, enlightening, a joy to read, and will help men prepare a little more mentally, for an event that will soon change the rest of their lives.