Commando Dad: Basic Training: How to be an Elite Dad or Carer. From Birth to Three Years

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Commando Dad: Basic Training: How to be an Elite Dad or Carer. From Birth to Three Years

Commando Dad: Basic Training: How to be an Elite Dad or Carer. From Birth to Three Years

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It doesn't pretend to be more than it is. it is a very direct "If you do this, everything should go well" manual. It doesn't pretend to have a philosophical intrigue that will unleash the parenting instinct within you. It's clear "you do this, everything ends up ok".

Then I dashed down to the Lecture theatre, was man-handled by a sound technician trying to mike me up, and then went straight into the Getting Published Session. One word – BRILLIANT. I really enjoyed listening to the other panellists, having the opportunity to share some of my own experiences, and answering questions from the audience. I feel, especially in this day and age, that a chapter on caring for ones partner during this life event would be a most welcome addition. When I was on Special Forces selection, the directing staff always told us that the ethos of being a Special Forces soldier is simple: As a big advocate for the channels of communication always being open between dads and their families, friends and partners, I have been reading up on dads’ mental health. It has given me a new perspective on a subject that is certainly not talked about enough, especially when you consider the numbers involved. A survey by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) in 2015 found that about one in three dads reported concern about their mental health. Yet there is no requirement for routine mental health screening for new fathers.

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We need to provide physical support, such as taking on night feeds, keeping the house squared away, buying supplies, getting meals on the table, washing clothes and generally keeping on top of everything. But most importantly, we need to make sure that our partner has everything she physically needs, from time to take a bath to healthy food. Sinclair, 41, now a father of three, found himself wishing for something he'd been given when he joined the army: a basic training manual. "Any soldier will tell you how precious that little book is," he says. "It's a survival guide, basically. It tells you how to do everything you have to do – simply, clearly and concisely. So that was my plan: a book that will tell dads exactly how to bathe a baby, change a nappy, make a bottle, give it. A book that will give them confidence." The first book Bruce recommended I read was “ Commando Dad“. He said it was a great tool for getting your head around the basics of childcare. I believe that postnatal depression in dads needs to be recognised on a wider basis and every single dad needs to know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Everybody needs support. No one could say he doesn't know what he's talking about. Besides having three children – Samuel, Jude and Liberty – Sinclair, since leaving the army, has worked as a PE supply teacher, a stay-at-home father (his wife, Tara, is a PR executive who helped "tremendously" in the writing of the book) and as a qualified childminder.

I think the real problem here is how little we know about what is in our processed foods. I may not have a problem eating horse, but do I want to eat a horse that was killed six months ago in a country far, far away? No I do not.NHS Choices – includes keeping well in pregnancy, antenatal care and baby’s development, vaccinations in pregnancy through to labour and birth, your new baby, feeding, teething and tantrums. Organisation, unsurprisingly, is a core element of Commando Dad. "Preparation and planning prevent poor parental performance," grins Sinclair, subverting a military axiom. "Think ahead. Be prepared for all eventualities, but have the confidence to adapt. Have your kitbag squared away and ready for deployment. Recognise that good routines should be standard operating procedure."

The other half is aimed at toddlers and older children. I’m less interested in the tips about entertaining kids in the library, and more interested in basic baby care at this point in my parenting journey. Other top tips? "The golden rules," he says, "start from the fact that a commando dad is a hands-on dad. He gets involved, he takes his responsibilities seriously. He's engaged, he spends time with his kids, caring for them – and he gets the information he needs to do it. What's more, he knows that his sole and undivided attention is the most engaging entertainment tool at his disposal. He will always act in the best interests of his troopers."If you are planing on having a few kids, I think buying this book is worth it. I borrowed it from the library, and am considering buying it just because it's quite handy. Greater Manchester Mental Health (NHS Foundation Trust) Provision of prioritized support during the perinatal period.

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