Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro

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Through practical dos and don’ts and authoritative advice, this handbook from a modern-day pediatrician father helps dads navigate the often intimidating road of parenthood—from newborn babies to the teen years. In a humorous “been there, done that” tone, the doctor gives dads the confidence to address any number of day-to-day issues like an old pro. Starting with the basics of infant and child development and diapering and feeding, he outlines what to expect and how to handle various situations. With chapters ...

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Overview

Through practical dos and don’ts and authoritative advice, this handbook from a modern-day pediatrician father helps dads navigate the often intimidating road of parenthood—from newborn babies to the teen years. In a humorous “been there, done that” tone, the doctor gives dads the confidence to address any number of day-to-day issues like an old pro. Starting with the basics of infant and child development and diapering and feeding, he outlines what to expect and how to handle various situations. With chapters ranging from Crying Foul: Why Is My Baby Crying? and Heating and Cooling: Fevers and What to Do About Them to Water Water Everywhere: Is This Bedwetting Normal? and It’s Complicated: Dealing with Non-Traditional Parenting Relationships, his sound wisdom allays dads’ fears.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hill, a pediatrician and a father, has presented his amiable take on fatherhood, which has consistently offered a winning combination of humor and fact, in various segments on National Public Radio. This highly entertaining and informative book presents Hill at his best, but its wide range—from before birth to the toddler years—makes this volume for fathers an essential addition to such parenting books as What to Expect When You Are Expecting. Based on his observation that "many people still have low expectations for fathers' general competence," Hill seeks to educate fathers on a range of issues to prove that "ads, as it turns out, are good for a lot, and our positive effect spans the life" of their children. Hill writes enthusiastically yet straightforwardly about the nuts and bolts of parenting: basic facts about sleep, colic, and vomiting; excellent advice on "dad's role in breastfeeding"; and what to know about vaccines and illnesses. But early on in the book, Hill tackles an issue that most looks at fatherhood leave until the end to discuss: how a new dad must "try to find time to nurture your relationship with your partner." Hill's excellent advice on this subject alone puts this work at the top of the heap of essential parenting books. (July)
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"Becoming a new father can be terrifying, but Dad to Dad will make the journey seem not only manageable but actually kind of fun. . . . I wish I'd read this book before my children were born, more importantly, so do my wife and kids."  —Dan Tynan, contributing editor, Family Circle

"Dr. Hill's book is the perfect combination of expert pediatric advice mixed with the humbling uncertainty every new parent feels--regardless of whether or not they have an M and a D after their name. Moms: Sneak this onto your husband's nightstand!" —Missy Lapine, author, The Sneaky Chef

"A practical, no-nonsense kind of book for any current father or a soon to be dad...I wish that this book would have been out when I was a first time dad."  —Dad of Divas Review blog 

"Hill, a pediatrician and a father, has presented his amiable take on fatherhood, which has consistently offered a winning combination of humor and fact, in various segments on National Public Radio. This highly entertaining and informative book presents Hill at his best, but its wide range—from before birth to the toddler years—makes this volume for fathers an essential addition to such parenting books as What to Expect When You Are Expecting." —www.publishersweekly.com

"This book comes highly recommended."  —The Rookie Dad 

"Hill's excellent advice...puts this work at the top of the heap of essential parenting books."  —Publishers Weekly 

"I believe a society gradually moving toward full acknowledgement of fatherhood needs this book. Dads need to know what to expect just as moms do, but they also need to be addressed as dads."  —A Blogger and a Father blog

Children's Literature - Jody Little
Pediatrician David Hill, a father of three, crafts a how-to and advice guide for fellow fathers. The topics are vast and comprehensive and include infant basics such as feeding, crying, sleeping, changing diapers, playing, and general development. Both the introduction and the early chapters have a light-hearted, guy-to-guy tone, but as the author tackles medical topics such as rashes, coughs, vomiting, and fever, the tone becomes less conversational and more clinical. An excellent chapter titled "Snot Funny" debunks several myths about childhood colds, allergies, and sinusitis, and offers suggestions on when a parent should bring their child to the doctor. Dr. Hill includes interesting chapters on the importance of vaccines, coping with toddlers, signs of attention deficit disorder, and dealing with non-traditional parenting relationships such as divorce or separation. Each chapter begins with a practical, and often funny tip for fathers, but due to the wealth of information, the guide is perhaps best suited as a reference manual rather than a sit-down read. A table of contents, forward and index are included. Reviewer: Jody Little
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581106503
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 5/3/2012
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 586,768
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Hill, MD, FAAP, is a vice president of Cape Fear Pediatrics, an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Medical School, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media. He is a columnist for the Wilmington Parent and a consultant on child care issues for local and national radio, television, and internet-based media. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword xv

1 Welcome to the Club 1

2 When Can He Play Ball? Infant and Child Development 13

3 Infant Feeding for the Mammary-Challenged: What Your Baby Will Eat and When 41

4 The Pit Crew: If You Can Change the Oil 55

5 Crying Foul: Why Is My Baby Crying and When Will It Stop? 71

6 That Wasn't There Yesterday: Colors, Spots, Bumps, and Rashes 79

7 A Good Shot: Vaccines and Common Sense 97

8 The Big Sleep: Helping Your Child Learn to Sleep, Over and Over 113

9 The Air Force: Congestion, Coughing, and Wheezing in Babies 125

10 Eye, Captain: Eye Boogers, the Red Eye, and When to Worry 133

11 Keep It Down: Infant Spitting Up and Vomiting....... 147

12 Heating and Cooling: Fevers and What to Do About Them 157

13 Ear, Ear: How to Tell if Your Child Has an Ear Infection and What to Do About It 169

14 Food Fight: Why Your Toddler Won't Eat Anything 181

15 It's My Potty: When Changing Diapers Just Isn't Fun Anymore 193

16 Time-out: Rules of the Game 205

17 Snot Funny: Colds, Allergies, Sinusitis, and Who Nose What Else 221

18 How Much Does It Cough? When Breathing Doesn't Come Easy 235

19 I Don't Feel So Good: Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Bellyaches 251

20 Water, Water Everywhere: Is This Wetting Normal? 265

21 Hard to Swallow: The Sore Throat 273

22 What's the Heading? Headaches and When to Worry 283

23 Making the Grade: When to Worry About ADHD 295

24 Electronica: Television, Computers, Video Games, and Mobile Phones 309

25 Uh, So, It s Like This: Talking to Your Children About Sexual Development 323

26 It's Complicated: Dealing With Nontraditional Parenting Relationships 339

Conclusion: Father Time 355

Index 357

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