The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year (The New Father, 13)

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Product Description An indispensable handbook on all aspects of fatherhood during the first 12 months, by the author of The Expectant Father. The essential handbook for all things first-year father is now fully updated and revised. Not only will new dads get a month-by-month guide to their baby’s development, men reading The New Father will learn how they change, grow, and develop over the first twelve months of fatherhood. In each chapter, Brott focuses on What’s Going On with the Baby; What You’re Going Through; What’s Going On with Your Partner; You and Your Baby; Family Matters; and more. The latest research, as well as time-honored wisdom―and humor, thanks to New Yorker cartoons and Brott’s light touch―make The New Father indispensable for the modern father who doesn’t want to miss a moment of his child’s first year. What’s new? • How technology is changing fatherhood • Changing definitions of fatherhood • Changes in the way society deals with dads―from changing tables in public men’s rooms to workplace flexibility • Research proving that a father’s love is just as important as a mother’s • How being an involved dad rewires a man’s brain • How changes in women’s roles in the family affect dads and their roles • Special concerns for: young dads, older dads, at-home dads, unmarried dads, dads in same-sex couples, dads in blended families, dads of kids with special needs, and men who became dads with the help of technology • The special impact dads have on girls and boys • Specific strategies dads can use to get―and stay―involved in their children’s lives • Updated resources for new fathers Not to mention new research and information on: • How to understand what your baby is telling you • Babies’ amazing abilities • Baby massage--they love it! • The latest on vaccinations and healthcare • And much, much more Review "In this third of his perfectly targeted book series for the modern dad, Brott demystifies child development ... and make[s] fathers... enjoy the vital role they play in their kids lives even more. A great addition to any parenthood library." —Child magazine “Read a book? Who has time? But you’d be wise to find some so you can take advantage of a fabulous resource . . . The New Father.” —Sesame Street Parents “This book would make a great gift for any new dad.” —Lawrence Kutner, Ph.D., columnist, Parents magazine About the Author Armin A. Brott is a nationally recognized parenting expert and the author of ten critically acclaimed books for fathers, including The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year and The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the Toddler Years, 12–36 Months. He also writes a syndicated newspaper column, Ask Mr. Dad, and hosts a weekly radio show, Positive Parenting. To learn more, visit his website, Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Introduction Nobody really knows how or when it started, but one of the most widespread—and most cherished—myths about child-rearing is that women are naturally more nurturing than men, that they are instinctively better at the parenting thing, and that men are nearly incompetent. The facts, however, tell a very different story. A significant amount of research has proven that men are inherently just as nurturing and responsive to their children’s needs as women. What too many men (and women) don’t realize is that to the extent that women are “better” parents, it’s simply because they’ve had more practice. In fact, the single most important factor in determining the depth of long-term father-child relationships is opportunity. Basically, it comes down to this: “Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist,” writes author Michael Levine in Lessons at the Halfway Point. Men and women parent differently in a wide variety of ways: • Dads tend to play more with their children than mothers do, and that play tends to be more rough-and-tumble and more unpredictable than


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