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Helpful Book List for New Dads

  1. The Stay-at-Home Dad Handbook
    By Peter Baylies with Jessica Toonkel/Chicago Review Press/2004

    Written by a stay-at-home dad for other stay-at-home dads, this handbook addresses the particular parenting issues men face when they become the primary caregivers. This "man-friendly" resource offers practical solutions to such challenges as living well on one income, understanding the wife's breadwinner status, cleaning the house without feeling overwhelmed, and networking in a female-oriented community. This advice-oriented guide also offers a special section of newsletters, online chat groups, playgroups around the country, and stay-at-home dad organizations. Book Details


  2. 101 Ways to be a Terrific Sports Parent: Making Athletics a Positive Experience for Your Child
    By Joel Fish and Susan Magee/ Fireside/2003

    In 101 Ways to be a Terrific Sports Parent, Dr. Joel Fish, a sport psychologist who is also the dad of three young athletes, shares both his clinical expertise and practical experience to help parents develop a deeper understanding of the many issues that surround the young athlete. Book Details


  3. Dads and Daughters: How to Inspire, Understand, and Support Your Daughter When She's Growing Up So Fast
    By Joe Kelly/Broadway/2003

    Kelly, executive director of the national advocacy group Dads and Daughters, shares his perspective on raising girls (he is the father of twins)…he ultimately delivers an effective message: fathers can take an active role in raising confident daughters. The teen years are especially trying for dads because of sexual issues, and Kelly expertly shows readers how to deal with them. Book Details


  4. Father Courage: What Happens When Men Put Family First
    By Suzanne Braun Levine/Harcourt/2000

    Suzanne Braun Levine, a founding editor of Ms. magazine, gives voice to a largely unsung revolution--uplifting the nurturing role of men--in her wisely written first book, Father Courage. Drawing from social science, anthropology, media, psychology, and many other sources, Father Courage wades into the currents of modern society, not only to recast our understanding of fatherhood, but to remind us that changes in fatherhood also alter motherhood and the very fabric of family life. Book Details


  5. The New Father: A dad's guide to the first year
    By Armin Brott/ Abbeville Press/2004

    The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year, answers hundreds of questions, such as, How can you become an effective, involved father when you see your baby for only half an hour after work every day? and What is the best way to start saving for your child's college education? Author Armin Brott charts the physical, intellectual, verbal, and emotional changes the child is going through, and examines the emotional and psychological developments the father may be experiencing. He suggests activities appropriate to each month and covers such parenting issues as finding quality child care and understanding changes in the relationship with one's partner. Book Details


  6. The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the Toddler Years
    By Armin Brott/ Abbeville Press/1998

    In The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the Toddler Years, the third book in his New Father series, Brott takes on the second and third years of life from Dad's perspective - what he's experiencing, and what he should know. Rather than focusing solely on kids, Brott discusses the larger experience of being a father, in a well-crafted, sensible manner. The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the Toddler Years gives contemporary fathers their own comprehensive reference to the challenging and delightful toddler years. Book Details


  7. Fathers of a Certain Age: The joys & problems of middle-aged fatherhood
    By Martin Carnoy and David Carnoy/ Fairview Press/1997

    More and more men in their forties and fifties are having children, either for the first time or in second families. In Fathers of a Certain Age, father and son Martin and David Carnoy interview dozens of fathers, exploring how they feel about parenting small children. The result is an evenhanded assessment of the challenges and rewards of older fathering that will reassure anyone contemplating or coping with having children in late middle age. Book Details


  8. Dads, Toddlers and the Chicken Dance
    By Peter Downey/ Fisher Books/2000

    Hilarious and helpful book for fathers explains the reality of toddlerhood. Downey's hilarious no-nonsense style makes Dads, Toddlers and the Chicken Dance a refreshingly politically incorrect but informative guide for dads whose babies have metamorphosed into a creature known as toddlerus destructivus. Book Details


  9. Marathon Dad: Setting a pace that works for working fathers
    By John Evans/Harper Perennial/1999

    Every man who struggles to be a good husband, father and professional knows the feeling. Now, for the first time, here is practical and psychologically sound advice toward combining a career and fatherhood. Psychologist John Evans, himself a Marathon Dad of three, shows that a working father doesn't have to sacrifice what is most important in his career or his home to be successful on both fronts, but he needs to make significant changes in the way he does things. Book Details


  10. The 7 Worst Things Parents Do
    By John and Linda Friel/ HCI/1999

    Psychologists John and Linda Friel have written an enormously readable and infinitely practical book that digs into some of the worst mistakes that parents make, with suggestions on how parents can change immediately. Whether readers are contemplating starting a family, have children who haven't entered school yet, are struggling with rebellious teenagers, or are empty-nesters wondering how they can be better parents to their grown children, they can't afford not to read this book. Book Details


  11. The Joy of Fatherhood: The first twelve months
    By Marcus Jacob Goldman/ Three Rivers Press/2000

    This well-indexed guide to a baby's first year walks fathers through everything from taking a child's temperature to processing complicated emotions with their (exhausted) partners. Written by Marcus Jacob Goldman, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, the book efficiently addresses nuts-and-bolts concerns such as bathing, diapering, feeding, and child-proofing. Book Details


  12. Father to Son: Life Lessons on Raising a Boy
    By Harry Harrison Jr./Workman Publishing Company/2000

    A boy comes with boundless love and enthusiasm, but no instructions. In this little book of wisdom for fathers, discover hundreds of succinct thoughts - practical and intangible, lighthearted and serious, all supported by a strong moral backbone - to guide, to remind, to teach, and to inspire. Book Details


  13. Father to Daughter: Life Lessons on Raising a Girl
    By Harry Harrison Jr./Workman Publishing Company/2003

    As a former boy, a father immediately understands why his son builds a tower of blocks, calls it a boom crane, and then knocks it down. But why does his daughter build the same tower, call it an ice-cream cone, and then offer a taste? As Harry Harrison, author of the chunky little bestseller Father to Son, would suggest, fathers of daughters should simply enjoy that imaginative treat, and every other she's likely to dream up. Filled with short, sweet, inspirational words of wisdom, Father to Daughter is a book of guidance for Dads on loving, shaping-and learning to comprehend-their inscrutable little girls. Book Details


  14. Becoming a Father How to Nurture and Enjoy Your Family
    By William Sears and Gwen Gotsch/ La Leche League International/2003

    This book, written especially for the often-neglected male half of the parenting team, is a father's guide to making wise investments in his children and family. This book discusses the father's role during childbirth, different ways a father can interact and bond with his child, discipline, balancing the demands of a job with the needs of a family, and more! Book Details


  15. Live-Away Dads: Staying a part of your children's lives when they aren't a part of your home
    By William Klatte/Penguin/1999

    Klatte, a psychotherapist, social worker, and divorced father of two grown daughters who lived with their mother, offers solid advice and encouragement to men facing life apart from their children. He stresses the importance of staying involved with your children despite personal difficulties or the challenges of working with their mother. This is an especially useful book because Klatte strives hard to maintain a neutral position on many issues. Book Details


  16. Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work & Family
    By James Levine and Todd Pittinsky/Harvest Books/1998

    It's about time corporate America and the workplace started taking fathers and fathering seriously. The book includes practical strategies for reducing "DaddyStress," "Creating the Father-Friendly Workplace," "Breaking the Culture Collusion," and "Connecting with Your Family." This book, based on a decade of research, should find a solid readership among managers and mothers, as well as fathers. Book Details


  17. Fathers' Rights: Hard-Hitting & Fair Advice for Every Father Involved in a Custody Dispute
    By Jeffery Leving/ Basic Books/1998

    Jeffery Leving has spent more than a decade in the trenches of domestic law. From that perspective, he gives men embroiled in custody disputes a powerful and impassioned voice in Fathers Rights. Arguing that men are disenfranchised and stigmatized by a biased legal system, Leving promises help through such difficulties as finding empathetic attorneys, avoiding unhealthy custody arrangements, protecting the child-parent relationship, and remaining financially solvent. Book Details


  18. The New Dad's Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers
    By Scott Mactavish/ Little, Brown and Company/2005

    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 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. Book Details


  19. Crouching Father, Hidden Toddler: A Zen Guide for New Dads
    By C.W. Nevius/ Chronicle Books/2006

    Crouching Father, Hidden Toddler contains the treasured wisdom that will help new dads master the Buddha-like patience required to be on the receiving end of projectile pureed spinach, sleep-deprived moms, and toys with Some Assembly Required. An array of short essays ponder on such koans as What is the sound of one child napping? Also revealed are such proven parenting techniques as apprenticing with a learned sensei that is, the father of a child who doesn't bite. Book Details


  20. The Working Parents Help Book: Practical advice for dealing with the day-to-day challenges of kids and careers
    By Susan Crites Price and Tom Price/ Petersons/1994

    Addressed to both mothers and fathers, this guide offers an array of tips, anecdotes, and solid advice pertaining to innumerable situations and dilemmas commonly faced by parents who work outside the home. Chapters devoted to parental leave, infancy, child care, the school and the teenage years, workplace problems, and future planning and money management are included. Book Details


  21. Daddy Smarts: A guide for rookie fathers
    By Bradley Richardson/ Taylor Trade Publishing/2004

    This handbook for first-time dads contains brief, basic facts about pregnancy, birth, and its aftermath. It cuts to the chase of the major milestones, such as the positive pregnancy test, the actual day of birth, and the baby's one-month mark. Fathers without prior exposure to pregnancy, childbirth, or child rearing will find this book very helpful. Book Details


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