Re: Books for dad
posted at 6/16/2010 5:31 PM EDT
My DH likes the Expectant Father, and he read and enjoyed Happiest Baby on the Block -- I think he liked the focus on "Things to do to calm howling infant" focus rather than, "Let's talk about your feelings, sir." He also enjoyed reading Baby Bargains -- again, more task-oriented. Be careful with this, though, as two BB disciples under the same roof can drive each other crazy.
I just bought him a book about Fatherhood by Michael Lewis (author of Moneyball). I can't vouch for it yet, though, other than Michael Lewis is an amazing writer and super-cool so this HAS to be good.
And I think that those books exist, but maybe not in those exact parameters. The books are written for the majority/stereotype male. Same as the pregnancy books for us.
I have yet to find a pregnancy book that I put down and say YES, this spoke to me. This is SO ME. It's more like, OK, that's fine; that's true; that's funny; huh, haven't had that; that's BS; you're an idiot; well, that's kind of true, and pretty funny; OK, I'm putting this down now. Lather, rinse, repeat with next book.
I forget what book it was (we had a couple of duds) but DH would periodically announce things like, "I am supposed to massage your back now," and proceed to massage, which was nice, or, "Umm, you're OK with going back to work, right? Because I am supposed to be assuming you won't want to and saving accordingly," or, "Did you drink enough water? If you don't drink enough water, you will become tired and emotional," so I had to take that book away. The massaging wasn't worth the money-worried DH or the forced hydration.
That's my long way of saying: skim it first. You don't want to open Pandora's Box.