Welcome to fatherhood! At first glance, the adventures of New Dad sound an awful lot like the adventures of Bachelor Man:
· Late nights with a bottle in your hand
· Working extra hard to get her into bed
· Explaining why it’s OK for you to spend some time apart
· Sleepover parties with tons of girls
· Talking about drugs and alcohol
But now all these activities have a whole new spin. That late-night bottle is full of baby formula, not Sam Adams. You’re luring that cutie-pie to bed by reading a story, clearing the room of monsters, and fetching “one last glass of water” before retreating to the blissful haven of your own room. That talk about spending time apart is going to happen while your child wails in despair as you try to say good-bye and drive away on the first day of school. The sleepover party—yeah, your job is to rent a movie that a roomful of nine-year-olds will all like. And talking about mood-altering substances gets a lot less funny and a lot more serious when you’re the one explaining to your child why she should not use them.
It’s a whole new world, huh? But, being a dad is life altering—for the better! A lifetime of joy awaits. Also, a lifetime of stuff that needs doing. Fortunately, Stuff Every Dad Should Know exists to help.