Completely Ready to Be a New Dad

Wouldn't it be great if you could get completely ready for becoming a father? Well, you can't. No matter how much you prepare, you're still entering entirely new territory. There are some things about fathering that can't be described or explained. You just have to be there.

Don't worry if you don't feel entirely ready for the birth of your child—no father is. That's because this baby has never been born before. Plus, knowing everything ahead of time would take a lot of fun out the experience. So don't fight it, accept it!

I became a dad in 1980 and a grandpa in 2012. For the last 22 years, my work has been interviewing fathers and stepfathers, teaching fathering classes, and writing books and articles about fathering.

Here are the two most important things I’ve learned from all that experience:

A millennia-long natural heritage of fathering provides a solid foundation for dads (including you) today.

Despite all that collective fathering experience, it still takes conscious effort (and sometimes a bit of pushiness) for a man to stay fully involved in pregnancy, childbirth, and child-rearing.

In the following pages, you’ll quickly understand that full father involvement is incredibly valuable. Despite its value, we spend very little time helping boys and young men prepare to be successful fathers.

 Adapted from Idiot’s Guides: Pregnancy for Dads by Joe Kelly - Publication date: Jan, 7, 2014 © Alpha Books

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