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The New Dad's Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers Paperback – January 6, 2005
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Mactavish presents a useful-though by no means comprehensive-guide for any dad-to-be who doesn't care about details and just wants to learn what's going to happen when his partner gives birth and how he should go about changing a diaper. The author is no doctor; he's "just a dude who's been through it twice," and his lingo-"BCF" means "be cool, fool" (borrowed from Mr. T.); "FPP" is your "female parenting partner"; an "NFU" is a "new family unit"-is appropriately casual. The book covers the most basic of parenting skills from birth through three months, with a few toddler tips thrown in. It's humorous (or insensitive, depending on one's point of view) in its approach. For example, on postpartum depression, Mactavish warns "PPD is a beaucoup serious condition that can have a devastating effect on the FPP." Although most of the book's advice seems quite obvious, tips on assisting a partner in labor ("offer backrubs on a consistent basis"), helping a baby pass gas (or "dislodge an air biscuit") and preventing diaper rash ("keep the butt dry after bathing") will be of use to any new father.
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About the Author
SCOTT MACTAVISH is an author, filmmaker and veteran of the United States Navy. He does volunteer work for the Navy SEAL Foundation, and serves on the Advisory Team for the I:68 Foundation, a national non-profit organization that provides monetary relief to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
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I did't need to be reaffirmed of my "dudeness," I just wanted to read up on some tips to be the best dad I can be. The content may have been there, but I couldn't get past the cartoon of a tone of the writer.
If you're a dude freaking out over being a dad, this could be a good book for you.
If you're a man who wants to get some facts a dad-to-be should know without cutesy quips, check out "The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be"
Moms: This is a perfect book to get your baby's daddy interested in beginning his education about Junior and all that entails.
Again this book is not too detailed and does not go in to deep into any certain issue. It just gives you enough information so your not clueless when stuff happens. Once the baby comes you'll really appreciate the little things you picked from this book. I totally recommend this book. Buy it!
The author's attempt at military humor, while recognized, doesn't improve the book. Some of the abbreviations used throughout the text (NFU, FFP, Etc.) make it a more confusing read. I appreciate a real dad sharing his take on things, but I think the topic might be better served with a more organized approach.
The only downside is that because the book was written a while ago it is a little outdated with some of its references. Like a boom box. But you can pretty much figure out what modern item to replace that with :)