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The New Mom's Guide to New Dads

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I loved the title - such an overlooked element of being a new parent - and a light-hearted, helpful read.

This was a great book. I would have loved to have read it when I was a new mom! It's one of the few books written from a male perspective that is truly helpful for new moms as well (not that there aren't other good ones out there, but most of the ones I've felt most helpful have been written by women, for women).

There is a definite need to address the relationships of two parents when there is a new child. Not only does parenting bring out all the things that parents never thought to ask about the health and care of a new baby, but it also really brings to light any communication differences, and differences in child-rearing that parents never even think to ask before having a kid (such as the level of freedom when I child is learning to ride a bike for the first time, the level of concern over bumps and bruises and fevers and coughs, and discipline issues).

Obviously not all dads are exactly the same and have the same prior experience with kids or the same level of communication about their feelings. And it shouldn't be all on the moms to draw that out. However, there are ways to communicate that are generally more effective, and honestly, humor is one of them, so this book has got that down well. With a dry sense of humor but also writing from experience, this book helps new moms communicate with their partners, and also helps new dads gain an understanding of what their partners might be going through.

Overall the tone of the book was funny and lighthearted, but still touched on serious, helpful topics. It's worth a read for any new parent pair, to help learn about some of the less-often-discussed elements of co-parenting.

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About the author

Andrew Shaw is an award-winning parenting columnist, former journalist, and creator of Instafather, a blog dedicated to helping new parents, especially dads. He is a married Pennsylvania-born father of three. Andrew’s work has been featured on SCARY MOMMY, THE GOOD MEN PROJECT, FATHERLY and more. view profile

Published on March 25, 2020

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