The New Dad's Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life

The New Dad's Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life

The New Dad's Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life

The New Dad's Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life


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When it comes to the unknown territory of having a baby, moms-to-be have nearly unending resources to plan and execute a healthy pregnancy and navigate those first months and years as a parent with confidence. New dads? Not so much. They want to get in the game too, but, says Super Bowl champion Benjamin Watson, "I could find clearer direction for putting together a baby swing than for taking care of a newborn child."

The New Dad's Playbook is every man's game plan to being the best partner and the best father, from pre-season (preparing for fatherhood) to Super Bowl (birth) to post-season (after baby is home). It helps men understand what their wives are going through physically and emotionally during and after pregnancy, allowing them to support their most important teammate. It tells men what to expect when their baby is home—and what to do when the unexpected happens. This tell-it-like-it-is book will take men from just winging it to winning it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801018978
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 63,451
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Watson is a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens, an ESPN and NFL Network commentator, a leading spokesman for All Pro Dad and NFL Father & Kids Experience, and the founder of One More, a foundation that helps to spread the love and hope of Christ by meeting real needs, promoting education, and supporting local charities. A finalist for Walter Payton Man of the Year, Watson is deeply engaged in the community through his work with the NFL and its organizations and his own, and he is one of the league's most active members in both traditional and social media, with over 300,000 Facebook fans with whom he engages on a daily basis. He is the author of Under Our Skin and has appeared on Dr. Phil, The 700 Club, The Rachael Ray Show, CNN, Fox News, and many more. USA Today has said that Watson "illustrates the power of the platform that many players possess, but few are prone to use to address social issues. He is a shining example of how to put resources that come from his status as an NFL player to good use." He lives in Maryland with his wife, Kirsten, and their five kids.

Table of Contents

Foreword Meg Meeker, MD 11

Introduction Kirsten Watson 15

Part 1 Training Camp

1 Where's the Fatherhood Playbook? 21

2 Pre-practice Warm-Up: What You Should Expect When She's Expecting 31

3 What's in a Name and Babymoons 51

4 Sex: The Good, the Bad, and Everything in Between 57

Part 2 Regular season

5 X's and O's: Your Pregnancy Handbook 65

6 Bed Check: Her Body Is Changing and So Are Her Needs 83

7 Baby Showers: They're Not just for Women Anymore 97

8 Make a Budget: Babies Are Expensive 111

Part 3 Super Bowl

9 Scrimmaging: Last-Minute Preparations 119

10 Game Day: Labor, Delivery, and Your First Moments with Your Child 131

Part 4 Postgame

11 Monday Morning Quarterback: The Babe's Home, Now What? 143

12 Keeping the Marital Bonds Strong 159

Part 5 Off-Season

13 You Don't Have to Be Perfect to Be a Perfect Dad 171

14 Team Expansion: The Second Child and Beyond 181

Epilogue 193

Acknowledgments 197

Notes 199

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