Directions for Daddy: An Instruction Booklet for New Fathers

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Directions for Daddy is a light hearted "instruction booklet" for first time fathers and shines a humorous light on many of the unique aspects of fatherhood from a father's point of view. This book is meant to be different than a normal parenting book by giving new fathers a glimpse into the author's experience with his three children over the past seven years. And in doing so, hopefully this book will explain what the other parenting books do not. For example, most parenting books talk about the proper way to ...
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Overview

Directions for Daddy is a light hearted "instruction booklet" for first time fathers and shines a humorous light on many of the unique aspects of fatherhood from a father's point of view. This book is meant to be different than a normal parenting book by giving new fathers a glimpse into the author's experience with his three children over the past seven years. And in doing so, hopefully this book will explain what the other parenting books do not. For example, most parenting books talk about the proper way to toilet train your child, while Directions for Daddy talks about the best way to avoid getting peed on. Most parenting books talk about how to properly feed a newborn, while this book extols the advantages of breast feeding which allows the father to sleep more. Truly, no new father or soon-to-be father could better prepare himself for the adventure known as fatherhood than by reading this book.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781418441425
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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Doctor visits. It's unavoidable, guys, and so are the shots. These are so traumatic that my wife refuses to do it anymore and leaves it up to me. From the time they are tiny babies to the point when they are old enough to understand you're going to the doctor's office, it never gets easier. You hold them still, and they look up at you with that wide eyed, unconditional love and appreciation, then some nurse penetrates their skin with a sharp object. Usually once in each leg, and sometimes in each arm, too. What follows is you watching their content, trusting face go from a smile to a look of total disbelief. It's as if they go from, "Hey look, they actually have teddy bears on the walls. What'll they think up neowww! Whatever in the world could I have done to deserve this?" Their face goes completely red, then comes the open mouth, silent scream. You see, they're trying to scream so hard all at once that no sound comes out initially, at least not until they remember to take another breath. And you, as a parent, are right there feeling somewhat responsible. Not much consolation knowing they'll be free of some obscure disease no one has heard of since the Middle Ages.

Just about the time their face says, "Oh the humanity!" you pick them up and tell them it's all over-at least until six months from now when they get their next series of shots. But this chapter is actually about the differences between boys and girls, so I said all that to say this: my boy took it like a man. Oh yeah, I had already gone through this with two girls, and I expected it to be the same with my son. But I swear, after that initial look of disbelief, he cried for about thirty seconds, then looked up at me as ifto say, "Is that all you've got?" He shook it off like he'd just been hit with a fast pitch at Wrigley Field. Absolutely beaming, I was, when I walked out of that doctor's office.

"Yep, that's my boy. See you again in six months? Heck, why don't you just give him all the rest of the shots right now? He's a McCloud . . . he can take it."

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