The New Dad's Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life
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Congratulations, Dad; you made the team! In this user-friendly guide from NFL champion Benjamin Watson, you'll learn what your wife is going through physically and emotionally, and how to "get in the game" even before your child is born - from the "training camp" of preparation to the "Super Bowl" of delivery day and beyond! Foreword by Dr. Meg Meeker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801018978
ISBN-13: 9780801018978

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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.

Author Bio

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.

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  1. JK Turner
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Surprisingly practical book.
    June 7, 2017
    JK Turner
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Rating -Put it on your list

    Level -Quick and easy

    Summary

    The book is basically what it says it is - a guide to fatherhood - just (sometimes too) heavily mixed with football metaphors. The book is 14 chapters broken into five parts, all based on a football season - training camp, regular season (pregnancy), super bowl (birth), postgame, and off-season(dad things, have another child). The attempt to put everything neatly into these categorise can be a bit of a stretch, especially in the 'training camp' section, but actually work out really nicely in 'regular season' and 'post game.'

    My Thoughts

    This book turned out better than I thought. I was little skeptical at the beginning, with the intro chapter somewhat meandering, but Watson really got into stride with the practical advice. As mentioned above, training camp was probably the weakest, but I have to say, I was really surprised at how well the 'regular season' chapter turned out. It was a great pregnancy 101. Watson actually goes through the different terminology, stages of pregnancy, and medical options defining and explaining in quick and simple terms what they mean. Maybe it is because Baker is a 'Christian' publisher (who typically aren't great a practical advise), but I was surprised at how useful and practical this section was.

    'Postgame' and 'Off-season' where also good chapters, where he moves away from practical advice (in the step-by-step, playbook sense) and honestly moves into challenging men. Basically saying we need to step up for our family, work to keep the marriage strong, and then realize we will fail, regardless, and that it is alright, because you can't be a perfect dad. To wrap-up and really expand the breadth of the parenting aspects, he ends on a solid discussion on what it means to have another child, and even differing thoughts on how long to wait and how many children to have.

    For those skeptical that you can find a practical (pre)parenting book from a CHristian publisher, this one is the exception. For those maybe interested due him being a famous football player, but disinterested in the CHristian-y parts, I think it is still a solid option. The intent of the book is to be practical and helpful, he isn't kidding with the 'playbook' part of the title. However, it is clear that the man loves God. He obviously takes his relationship with God, his wife, and his children very seriously. It was encouraging and convicting at the same time.

    Any pre-dad should have a number of books and resources in mind, and this is definitely one to put on your list. If you have a friend that doesn't like reading and might only read a book because it was written by a football player (and you probably know a few), this book is perfect. I can think of a guy right now whose wife is almost through the first trimester that I will give this book to. The practical advice, the sports references, and the quick and easy pace of the read will make this book one that anyone will finish.

    More reviews at MondayMorningTheologian.com

    * I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  2. wheelsms
    Chicopee, MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Game Plan for New Dads
    April 28, 2017
    wheelsms
    Chicopee, MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Becoming a dad for the first time often feels like navigating uncharted waters without a map. Fortunately, NFL tight end Benjamin Watson has written a helpful book providing guidance and encouragement for men entering fatherhood for the first time.

    Most men are scared or nervous when they hear they are going to become a father. Then, when they hold their child in their arms for the first time, they feel elation and pride and wonder how they can avoid hurting this fragile creature. What if you cause harm without even knowing you are doing something wrong? I dont care how many Super Bowl rings you wear, what your job title is, or what kind of car you drive, when your wife is pregnant for the first time, many men would rather turn the other way than ask, How do I do this? How can I help?

    This book is for those guys: You dont have to wing it for the next nine monthsin fact, you shouldnt! I hope I can provide guidance for those of you scratching your heads and wondering where you fit into this whole process.

    Using sports analogies, the book is divided into five parts. Training Camp covers the beginning days of pregnancy. Regular Season deals with the basics of how a woman changes, her needs, baby showers, and budgets. Super Bowl covers what happens during the delivery. Postgame deals with what happens when the new family comes home. Off-Season reminds dads that they dont have to be perfect, but they do need to be present.

    The book is well-researched, honest, encouraging, and thoroughly Christian. Benjamin and his wife, Kirsten share their testimonies about faith in Jesus Christ from beginning to end. This is a book I wish I had read some 30 years before my firstborn came into the world.

    Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
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