Call Them Dad

Posted on Tue, Mar 24, 2009 @ 03:23 PM
Three dads in New Zealand present a handy manual for new fathers
Manual for new fathers

Scott Lancaster, Eric Mooij and Stefan Korn are entrepreneurs, fathers and now bestselling authors whose efforts succeed in filling an important void on the parenting-book aisle. As the innovative trio behind DIY Father, these dads have compiled their considerable combined experience and research to produce a book that is not only an important resource for new, young and hip dads but is also an entertaining read for both of the new parents.

Besides offering a host of practical tips backed by solid research, Lancaster, Mooij and Korn are engagingly honest in a way that a new generation of dads cannot fail to appreciate. And they are honest about the bad news as well as the good news. (Good news: your wife's figure becomes better endowed during pregnancy. Bad news: those endowments could actually be painful for her so you may be required to give them a wide berth).

From pregnancy through the first 12 months of fatherhood, Call Me Dad is a must-have for English-speaking fathers across the globe, at least until it begins to be translated into other languages—an eventuality which must be regarded as inevitable. In the meantime, English-speakers will not mind mentally translating the occasional (and charming) Kiwi vernacular since the important aspects of baby care covered by this excellent manual are, in fact, universal.

As the authors put it, their book is meant to cover "the mechanics of fathering (yep, that's where the nappies come in), but also the mentality of fathering  (as in, 'You're having children? You must be mental . . .'). Most importantly though, it's about the joy of becoming and being a dad—a journey that lasts for the rest of your life."

Tags: books for dads, DIY Father, Eric Mooij, fatherhood, fathering, manual for new dads, parenting advice, Scott Lancaster, Stefan Korn