Being a Great Dad For Dummies

Being a Great Dad For Dummies

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Your essential guide to being the best dad you can be

Have you just found out you're going to be a dad, or perhaps you're already a brand new dad? Being a Great Dad is a comprehensive and practical guide to For Dummies dadhood, with advice on topics ranging from conception to looking after your baby, connecting with your little one and helping your child develop and grow.

  • Know what to expect during pregnancy and birth — be prepared as your baby grows and enters the world
  • Prepare for a baby in the house — find out the essential gear you'll need
  • Keep baby safe and sound — tips on how to baby proof your home and keep junior safe
  • Be a hands-on dad - learn practical solutions to common parenting challenges
  • Manage the work-life balance — find out how to balance your work commitments and life outside work
  • Be a stay-at-home-dad — discover how to combine being primary care-giver for your child with paid work
  • Choose the right school for your child — examine the education choices available and what's best for your little one

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781742169729
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/19/2011
Edition description: Australian and New Zealand Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author has become one of the most recognised organisations promoting active fatherhood in Australia and New Zealand. was brought into this world by Wellington-based dads Stefan Korn, Scott Lancaster and Eric Mooij, who recognised the need for social innovation in the fathering space. DIYFather is a social enterprise that aims to help men become the best fathers they can be. The directors of DIYFather have been recognised for their work by winning the 2009 New Zealander of the Year award in the education category.

Stefan Korn is a New Zealand-based internet entrepreneur. He is passionate about e-commerce and the web, and in general loves getting involved in new businesses. His wife Raquel gave birth to their son Noah in May 2007 and the experience of becoming a father, as well as the challenges of looking after Noah, prompted him to join DIYFather. Stefan has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and an MBA in international business. Before becoming an entrepreneur Stefan held senior management roles for large international corporations in the IT, Telecommunication and Hospitality sector. In addition to DIYFather, Stefan runs an investment company for online startups, WebFund. Stefan is also actively engaged in community projects and enjoys tutoring for Wellington Community Education.

Scott Lancaster is the founder of He is married to Renee, who gave birth to their daughter Pyper in July 2007. After discovering what little parenting information was available for fathers, Scott approached the other two directors, who helped him build DIYFather. Scott looked after Pyper full-time for the first two years of her life and experienced being a stay-at-home dad (SAHD). Scott has an Applied Science degree majoring in Agriculture and comes from a farming background.

Eric Mooij is married to Andrea, who welcomed baby Ava into the world in April 2008. Eric is also father to Nastassja (16), Christian (15) and Amber (14). Although he is not living with his three older children, Eric has regular contact with them and supports them in every way possible. Eric is keen to make a stand for separated families. Coming from a broken family himself and having relived this experience with his first three children, he works hard to be a positive role model. Outside of DIYFather, Eric works in IT and project management.

Table of Contents


Part I: From Here to Paternity: Conception to Birth.

Chapter 1: Fatherhood.

Chapter 2: Getting Pregnant.

Chapter 3: Pregnancy: A Drama in Three Acts.

Chapter 4: Preparing for a Baby in the House.

Chapter 5: Birth.

Part II: The First Year.

Chapter 6: Being Dad to a Newborn.

Chapter 7: The First Three Months.

Chapter 8: Months Three to Six.

Chapter 9: Months Six to Twelve.

Part III: The Toddler Years.

Chapter 10: Toddling Towards Two: Months 12–24.

Chapter 11: Charging Towards Three: Months 24–36.

Chapter 12: More Babies: Brothers and Sisters.

Part IV: The Preschool Years.

Chapter 13: Fun and Games.

Chapter 14: Health and Nutrition.

Chapter 15: Education.

Part V: What Happens When.

Chapter 16: Stay-at-home Dad.

Chapter 17: Serious Illness and Losing Your Baby.

Chapter 18: Disabilities, Disorders and Special Conditions.

Chapter 19: Divorce and Separation.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Improve Your Partner’s Pregnancy Experience.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Bond with Your Newborn Baby.

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Engage with a Toddler.

Appendix: Resources for Dads.



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