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The Joy of Fatherhood: The First Twelve Months

Marcus Jacob Goldman

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ISBN 10: 0761504524 / ISBN 13: 9780761504528
Published by Prima Lifestyles, 1996
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Title: The Joy of Fatherhood: The First Twelve ...

Publisher: Prima Lifestyles

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition - may be Reissue.

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Being a dad is one of the oldest "professions" around. Men from all walks of life have been preparing for it, and have been both thrilled and confused by it since the beginning of time. The Joy of Fatherhood is written by a dad, for dads everywhere. The book offers guidance, tips, and advice for new fathers, and details the month-by-month developments in the new dad, his baby, and his partner.
The first twelve months of life with a new baby can be joyous, frustrating, frightening, and filled with emotion. Author Marcus J. Goldman, M.D. is a father of three, and knows first-hand what's involved in fatherhood. He shares his insight and solid advice in a light-hearted yet practical way. New fathers will learn how to:hold your new baby
change a diaper
save money for your baby
choose a baby-sitter
protect your child's future
and much more . . .
Each chapter contains information on baby's physical and emotional growth; important clinical information; mom's feelings and how to maintain a healthy relationship with her; dad's emotions; as well as helpful tips, definitions, and updates on essential information. Dads' "real-life" experiences and thoughts are used throughout the book to emphasize key issues and to make difficult-to-talk-about subjects easier to understand.About the Author
Marcus Jacob Goldman, M.D.
is the father of three. A Harvard-trained psychiatrist, he has published numerous articles on mental health issues. He currently practices geriatric psychiatry and lives in Massachusetts with his wife and children.

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The Joy of Sex may have landed you here, but The Joy of Fatherhood is something else entirely. 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. These topics are the mainstay of the "what to expect" genre, but Goldman's manual is distinctive when focusing on Dad's own feelings and development during this exciting year. He is particularly smart about how to invite pals into a new, baby-centric life: "Teach them how to hold your baby," he advises. "Get them acquainted with your new life by involving them in it." If there is a flaw, it's that Goldman consistently assumes Mom is the primary caregiver, which will probably put off some full-time dads. On the other hand, the book abounds in personal testimonies, so most fathers are bound to find a voice that reminds them of their own. And with regular features like "What Is Your Baby's Day Like," which offers concrete, unbiased information that makes for fun reading, this book will be a valuable resource for new dads with lots of questions. --Kathi Inman Berens

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