The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a New Dad: Clear and Helpful Advice on Being the Dad You Want to Be

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Ask any guy who is expecting his first child and he's likely to tell you the same thing - he's absolutely thrilled to be a dad for the first time, and he's also absolutely terrified. Most new dads don't know the first thing about dealing with a new baby, and while mommy might be interested in more complex topics that range from breastfeeding to colic, most new dads just want to know how not to screw it all up. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Being a New Dad is written to be both highly usable and practical, with a bit of enouraging wit in between. First time dads will learn the daddy essentials for caring for a newborn, from what the expect when baby first arrives, to changing those first diapers without a disaster, to the basics of feeding and burping, to getting baby to sleep (so mom and dad can sleep, too), and how to help mommy as she heals and deals with the enormous changes that she's experiencing both mentally and physically. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Being a New Dad is the perfect guide for any new dad who needs to be armed with a little essential knowledge and a whole lot of encouragement.
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About the author

Joe Kelly is a father, blogger, speaker, and author of nine books, including the Dads and Daughters: How to Inspire, Understand, and Support Your Daughter When She's Growing Up So Fast (Three Rivers Press). Joe is a primary media source on fathering topics with appearances on The Today Show, NPR, and Fox News, and has been quoted in People magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, andThe Wall Street Journal. He trains and teaches across North America on issues related to men in families and raising healthy children. Joe is co-founder of the award-winning New Moon Girlsmagazine and has won Father of the Year awards from iparenting.com and the Women's Sports Foundation.
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Publisher
Penguin
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Published on
Apr 2, 2013
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781615643356
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Life Stages / Infants & Toddlers
Family & Relationships / Parenting / Fatherhood
Family & Relationships / Reference
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This content is DRM protected.
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Every father can make a huge difference in his daughter’s life.

As the primary male role model in a girl’s life, fathers influence their daughters in profound ways, from how they see themselves to what they come to expect from men and the world at large. But men often don’t realize the importance of their interactions or may shy away from too close involvement because of their inexperience, or conditioning. Especially as girls move into adolescence, fathers may find themselves feeling distant from their daughters or awkward with the changing dynamic. Communication becomes difficult and parenting issues more complicated. But this is also the time when daughters most need their fathers to be an even greater presence in their lives. Dads and Daughters is a tool to bridge that gap and build a rewarding and joyful father-daughter relationship.

From father to father and with insights from many other dads, Joe Kelly shows men how they can strengthen their relationships with their daughters and explores the tremendous rewards this relationship can bring. Starting with a self-assessment quiz titled “How Am I Doing as My Daughter’s Father?” dads can immediately see what kind of role they play in their daughter’s life. To educate fathers and offer solutions when problems arise, Dads and Daughters then offers thoughtful coverage of the most pivotal issues today’s girls face, such as sex and dating, body image, alcohol and drugs, media culture and violence, money and responsibility, and the future. In doing so he both illuminates the culture our daughters live in and shows fathers how to guide their daughters toward rewarding, healthy lives.


From the Hardcover edition.
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