A special book for a special dad.
June 15, 2014 6:43 AM Subscribe
We are expecting our first child and I am an excited and joyful father to be. I would like a book or a pair of books on pregnancy and child rearing with special conditions.
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (10 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Before I met my wife, I was convinced I would not be a father. I have very much changed my mind and I am very much looking forward to our family growing. However, I did not grow up with any admirable male presences and I was never around babies, small children or pregnant women. I am not used to family.
My wife is currently educating herself on pregnancy and what will be happening to her. I would like something to read on what to expect during the pregnancy on my end and how I can be the most helpful and supportive.
I would also like something to read on how to be a dad. I am not looking for something gender essentialist. I am just aware that I am going to be Dad and not a gender neutral co-parent and I do not know what that means. It would be especially great to have a section on effective discipline, as my own experience with it revolved around screaming and hitting. I need to know what to do instead of following my instincts.
Finally, neither I nor my wife are at all spiritual or religious, so a book written for that kind of perspective will not help. We are urban, liberal, atheist, educated, feminist, etcetera. so something understanding and catered to that mindset is what I am looking for. As science backed as possible, please.
Thank you in advance.