Book review. Fatherhood: The Essential Guide

Fatherhood: The Essential Guide

I’ve been contemplating branching out a bit on this here blog for a little while, but didn’t think many of you would be particularly interested in my thoughts concerning rumoured football transfers, how poor the train service is around here and why I am so adamant about the fact that I am never going to learn to drive. Then the perfect opportunity presented itself when Tim Atkinson at Bringing up Charlie kindly offered to send me a copy of his new book, Fatherhood – The Essential Guide. “I know,” I thought. “I’m going to return the favour by writing a review” so here it is, Diary of the Dad’s first ever book review…

The publication of this new title will be a welcome one to many new and expectant dads because, let’s be honest, there is a serious shortage of books for parents who also happen to be blokes. Sure, there are plenty of excellent general parenting books out there, but the questions that a lot of soon-to-be dads have about the highs and lows that are to follow are largely unaddressed in them. Step forward Tim who has been there, seen it and done it.

Starting at the very beginning – well, it’s a very good place to start – Tim guides the reader from what to consider when planning a family right through to what to expect as your child approaches the age of three via, among a great many others of course, pregnancy, labour, childbirth and those exciting but frankly terrifying and knackering first few days. One of the things I particularly liked about the book is that all of the scary stuff is in there and is dealt with in a reassuring way – I, for one, would definitely have benefited from the advice on its pages when we were expecting Dylan.

It’s written in the same warm, friendly and witty tone of Tim’s blog; making it accessible, informative and authoritative, something one or two of the books I consulted a year or so ago could learn from. All in all, this is a comprehensive, down-to-earth offering from a source I admire and respect. It has brought back plenty of fond memories of what has already passed for me and will be a valuable resource for the exciting years to come. I’ll definitely be keeping it in easy reach and only wish it had been published about a year ago!


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