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Great book, a little outdated
on June 17, 2013
I enjoyed reading this book and it was a relatively quick read. The main strength, if you can call it that, is that it assures dads-to-be that whatever they're feeling is normal. Generally, one could say that the tone of the book is calming and reassuring, as are many other parenting books, which I think is a good thing. However, this book had two downsides for me which I will describe below.
First, the author relies heavily on his own experience. Obviously, the viewpoint of a book like this will be more subjective than scientific. There is no compelling reason for me to believe all of the information contained in this book since many are merely opinions. Additionally, the author is only the father of two daughters (no sons). As the expectant parent of a son, a little more experience from parents of boys would have been helpful. Also, if the author had been the parent of more children over time, perhaps his experience would have been enriched by dealing with more than two pregnancies, more than two births, etc.
Second, this book is a little bit on the old side. If this were 2005, this book would be very current, as it was published in 2001. But in 2013, some of the information was outdated. Some of the things that were relatively new ideas when the book was originally published are now mainstream and need less explanation. And having more current resources (e.g. online resources) included in the book would have potentially been helpful. Some online resources were listed, but a more extensive list including the new websites that are now available would've been helpful.
Over all, I liked this book, but I would not consider it the only book you need. I anticipate buying more books on this and related subjects in the future, and I do not intend to keep this book on-hand as a reference now that I have finished reading it.