First Time Dad: The Stuff You Really Need to Know

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First Time Dad: The Stuff You Really Need to Know by John Fuller

Perhaps the most powerful influence in the world is that of a dad on his child. Baseball gloves, dirty diapers, tiny little hands, first days of school, daddy-daughter dances, and learner's permits... and so much more! There's no way you can be ready for it all, but this is when you need to get a bit of a head start...

First Time Dad by Focus on the Family ministry veteran (and father of 6) John Fuller lets you in on the stuff you really need to know... because in just a few months or weeks or days, your life is going to change--forever. Set good priorities. Break bad habits and/or family patterns. Recognize and recover from some common fathering mistakes. Know that your words have immense power. And learn how to cultivate a lasting parent-child relationship. So, instead of wondering "oh man, oh man, oh man... what am I going to do now?" for 9 months... read this short book (plus it's pretty fun too) and get excited!

"Dad, your job is critical... And you can do it."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802487506
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 473,477
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

JOHN FULLER is vice president of Audio and New Media at Focus on the Family and co-host of the daily ¿Focus on the Family¿ broadcast. He leads the team that produces more than a dozen Focus programs reaching millions of listeners around the world. Many of these features and podcasts are also available at media veteran of more than 30 years, John writes and speaks about creativity, media trends, influential leadership, excellence, and social media. As a father of six, he writes and speaks about strong marriages and effective parenting. John and his wife Dena are also advocates for orphan care and adoption. John has a M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado, and serves an elected member of the board of the National Religious Broadcasters.

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First Time Dad: The Stuff You Really Need to Know 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
John Fuller, cohost of the daily Focus on the Family broadcast, shares his insights on fatherhood to help prepare first-time dads on some challenges they may face as they and their wives transition from husbands and wives to parents. In this short 168 page book, Fuller shares a little bit of everything, from advice on how to cope with the changed marital relationship, to how to bond with your baby, to how to build a close relationship with your child, in addition to how to become a good father even if you didn't have a good role model in your own father. I wish my husband would have read this book before our kids started arriving! It is a very practical guide on how to cope with those first days and beyond. Fuller is right on as he describes the changes wives experience, and I love the advice he gives for husbands, especially in regard to working out a routine so that at least each partner gets a period of uninterrupted rest, and sharing household responsibilities. From a practical standpoint, the list of 50 ways husbands can love their wives was very good. Interspersed with the advice were stories from Fuller's years of raising six children, and also stories from people he knows. I thought it was also good how Fuller included things to watch out for that could potentially damage family life and the marital relationship, while stressing the importance of maintaining an intact family. I found the statistics he shared very interesting. Without a doubt, bringing a baby home is probably the most wonderful thing husbands and wives can do; however, it is a change and change can be stressful. The advice Fuller shares can help fathers cope with some of the stress to make the transition easier on fathers and mothers as well by extension. I highly recommend this book for all expectant fathers. It would make a wonderful shower gift for dad. I think this book fills a void in the plethora of parenting books that focus on moms. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Ember89KS More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book to anyone about be be a dad!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
todaysnewbooks More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a gift for a new dad (or soon-to-be dad), this is a wonderful little book that really gets to the heart of a dad's critical role as parent, and husband to a new mom! It's full of important, practical tips, on topics like setting good priorities, breaking bad habits and/or family patterns, recognizing and recovering from some common fathering mistakes, and knowing the power of your words. I gave it to my brother (who just became a new dad) and plan to make it part of every baby shower gift from here on out. Highly recommended!
jallanach More than 1 year ago
John Fuller, co-host of the Focus on the Family's Daily Broadcast, wrote "First-Time Dad" with John Batura from a Christian perspective, but he offers sound advice for men of all faiths, or even none. It carries future fathers from the beginning of the pregnancy (Chapter 1: Great Expectations) through the dawn of adulthood (Chapter 12: Blink). Through stories of his own experiences in fatherhood and those of other fathers, Fuller speaks with the authority of a child psychologist who has enough initials after his name to fill a bowl of alphabet soup but the tenderness of a grandfather sitting on the porch sipping tea on a cool summer evening. The book is organized well, and forecasts to future dads what each chapter contains, so if the topic doesn't pertain to you, you know what you can skim over or skip all together. For example, Chapter 4: Break the Chain tells the reader how the chapter will help future dads avoid the mistakes of their fathers (divorce or emotional distance, for example), which unfortunately is a must read for many men these days. Chapter 8: Boys-n-Girls is one of the more poignant of the book. It explains key, natural differences between boys and girls and how men can adapt their fathering skills to each. The book ends with a reminder to dads that children grow up fast, in the blink of an eye, so Fuller reminds us to spend quality time with our children. He offers a list of 31 activities that dads can do with their children (ride bikes, take a hike, color together, to name a few) to be an engaged father, something every child deserves to have. Though I am not a first-time dad, I have plenty of firsts ahead of me and expect to keep "First-Time Dad" on my bookshelf.
bookreviewer1977 More than 1 year ago
I am neither a dad nor a first-time parent, but I still got so much encouragement and inspiration from this book. The book itself is really short, so when I first picked it up I wasn't expecting much. But as I got into the chapters, I was amazed by how much information was included. The author manages to hit on so many important topics- from preparing for the big life change when the baby arrives, to guarding your marriage, to helping your child have a strong spiritual formation, and many other topics as well. It's not a guide for specific problems or situations in parenting, but rather a discussion of the big picture issues that dads (and moms!) need to think about and prepare for. Each chapter is short, with relevant examples and stories, a discussion of the topic at hand, and suggested resources for further reading. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to any Christian family's bookshelf, and a great gift for the dad-to-be in your life. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.
samcivy More than 1 year ago
First Time Dad can bless all parents, not just beginners at parenting. The book works as an encouraging checklist of what parents are doing right. Or even if your children are older, you'll find ideas for what might be improved. Fuller writes clearly, honestly and warmly about the joys and difficulties of parenting. He gives statistics on the common types of damage to children who lack a good father role model. His twelve chapters include a definition of fatherhood, the importance of right priorities, about loving your wife most of all and how to do so. The book includes charts on the differences between boys and girls and also lists ideas on how to love a child. The author discusses ways to help your child succeed and how to open your child's heart to God and other people. Spiritual formation is rightly discussed as the most vital part of parenthood. The book contains anecdotes and appropriate Biblical instructions that add interest. Each chapter ends with suggested resources for further information.