Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads by Gary Greenberg is a convenient little volume that seeks to answer the question well known to all new fathers: "What do I do with this ?" Combining humor and helpful advice with rich illustrations by Jeannie Hayden, Be Prepared offers welcome relief for the anxious dad. The information is solid and thorough, vetted by pediatricians and parenting experts, as well as experienced fathers. The tone is light and fun, divided like baby food into easily digestible bits, while the topics cover every concern from teething to understanding the difficulties (both physical and emotional) that the new mother is facing. (If only this book had been available nine years ago when this young father needed to be prepared!)
Howard Shirley is a writer and father in Nashville.