They’re Heeere! Brand New Editions of “The Expectant Father” and “The New Father” Are Out

The brand-spankin’-new, updaed, revised, improved editions of The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be (Fourth Edition) and The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year (Third Edition) are here!

With more than a million copies sold, both are considered the classics in the field. They’ve been completely revamped for the modern dad and feature the very latest research and discussions for today’s fathers.

The Art of Fatherhood — Cartoonists Needed

Any cartoonists out there? I need your help (and yes, there’s someting in it for you).

As you may know, I’m doing major revisions of two of my bestselling books, The Expectant Father and The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year. Both are coming out in the spring of 2015. I want to replace some of the cartoons that are currently in the books and would love to include some from real dads. If you’re interested, we’re having a contest. Cartoons that get selected will get $150 plus full credit in the book (and my undying gratitude). Guidelines are below. Feel free to forrward this to any artistic dads you know.  [Read more…]

Expectant Fathers Lag Behind Moms in Pregnancy Acceptance

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Dear Mr. Dad: I’m very concerned about my husband. We’re just a month away from our due date and although he has been very involved and attentive throughout the pregnancy, in the last couple of weeks he’s becoming more and more withdrawn. He seems annoyed with me a lot, and when I try to get him to talk about his fears and anxieties as an expectant father, all he says is that he has them. That’s it. Will I ever get my old husband back again or am I going to be in this thing alone?

A: What you’re going through is pretty common. That doesn’t make it any easier, but sometimes it’s comforting to know that you’re not alone. It may also help you to know that there’s a very good chance that your husband will return to normal fairly soon after the baby arrives.

When I was doing research for my book, The Expectant Father, I made an interesting discovery. Dads-to-be are generally a trimester behind their pregnant partners. Here’s what I mean.
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The Effect of Expectant Father’s Mental Health on Their Children

There’s been a lot of research over the years showing that having a depressed mother increases the chance that a child—even an infant—will exhibit depressive symptoms. There’s also been a lot of research on the influence that a pregnant mom’s mood may have on the child after the birth. But until now, there has been precious little investigation of the influence of fathers’ mood on their children—before or after birth.

A study just published in the journal Pediatrics has identified a like between expectant dads’ mental health during their partner’s pregnancy and their children’s mental health as toddlers, specifically behavioral and emotional problems. Researchers in Norway studied 31,000 children and found that at 17 or 18 weeks gestation, 3 percent of the expectant fathers had “high levels of psychological distress.” And the higher the dad-to-be’s stress level, the greater his child’s risk of acting out at age three.

The study, “Paternal Mental Health and Socioemotional and Behavioral Development in Their Children,” appeared in the February, 2013 issue of Pediatrics.

The Daddy of Male Parenting Gurus — The Times of London profiles… me!

The Daddy of Male Parenting Gurus

Armin Brott is to fathers what Heidi Murkoff is to mothers – but it’s still women who buy his books

Do men read or need baby books? The unequivocal answer seems to be “yes”. But according to Armin Brott, America’s most successful male parenting guru, who has the greatest share of this burgeoning market, men don’t rush out and fill their book shelves in quite the same way as expectant mothers.

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The Expectant Father – The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be (4th edition)

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This thoroughly updated and revised parenting classic remains the most informative and reassuring book for expectant fathers everywhere. In addition to sharing the wisdom of the ages, Armin A. Brott, Mr. Dad, presents new insight into the emotional, financial, and physical—yes, physical—effects of impending parenthood on men. Thanks to this handy reference, moms-to-be will know their partner understands and supports them during this anxious and exciting time, and that he has all the tools he needs to be a fantastic, hands-on dad.This information-packed, month-by-month guide incorporates the expertise of top practitioners in their fields, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists. It also draws from Brott’s own experience as a father of three and from the real-world experiences of the thousands of dads he’s interviewed.

With the humor of New Yorker cartoons and Brott’s gentle approach, The Expectant Father serves as a friendly and readable companion for dads-to-be seeking confidence, guidance, and joy! What’s new in this edition of The Expectant Father?

  • The latest health and safety info
  • How technology is changing fatherhood
  • How men’s brains change by being involved during pregnancy
  • Society’s shifting expectations for dads
  • The amazing effects on children when fathers are active partners before birth
  • How pre-birth participation makes dads more likely to be active parents post-birth
  • Preconception issues
  • Overcoming infertility
  • Understanding and using assisted reproductive technologies

There’s also a fully updated resources section and new research on the timeless questions that haven’t changed much over the years, such as:

  • Am I really ready to be a dad?
  • How are we going to afford this?
  • How do I balance work and family?
  • Will I be able to handle labor and delivery while being there for my partner? What if something goes wrong?
  • How will this affect my relationship with my partner?
  • Will we ever have sex again?
  • What am I supposed to do with a new baby?
  • How can I be a good dad?
  • Will I ever see my friends again or have any time to myself?

This new edition features the latest research on many topics from preconception issues, overcoming infertility, and information addressing assisted reproductive technologies to prenatal communication and education. An update of the childbirth section reflects the fact that about 80 percent of all deliveries are done with epidurals and provides new information on c-sections. The finances and insurance sections have been completely overhauled. There is new information on work and family matters, tons of tips for young dads, advice for stepfathers (first child for dad, second or more for mom), a concise section about military fathers, and a revised resources chapter and bibliography.