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 For Dummies is a comprehensive and practical guide to 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'llneed
Keep baby safe and sound -- get 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
Open the book and find:
How to play an involved and active part in your partner's pregnancy
The habits of highly successful dads
Ways to connect with your baby and engage with your toddler
Advice on keeping your child healthy and well
Ways to encourage your child's development and learning
What to consider when selecting childcare
Strategies for coping during illness, death and separation
DIYFather.com has become one of the most recognised organisations promoting active fatherhood in Australia and New Zealand. DIYFather.com 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 DIYFather.com. 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 fi rst 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 fi rst three children, he works hard to be a positive role model. Outside of DIYFather, Eric works in IT and project management.
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