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Crouching Father, Hidden Toddler: A Zen Guide for New Dads

by C.W. Nevius

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A rather fluffy tongue in cheek guide to the perils of new parenthood for young fathers. ( )
  ncarman31 | Jan 22, 2011 |
In preparation for fatherhood I got this delightful little book from my own father at his last visit. The book contains 45 one-two page long advices for new dads. They are written in a humorous style that I enjoyed most of the time. I have to admit that the constant reference to one's kid as the future bigshot got tiring very fast for me. Why did the author have to include it in every single mini-story. Those lines felt like fillers for me. I have no other objection against the book, though. All the lessons were useful for me, even if some of them seemed obvious to me. But being a new father it was good for me to be reminded of them. The illustrations by Beegee Tolpa were simple great and catchy. The stoic, zen-like attitude of the author towards the challenges of fatherhood is something I would like to strive for. I think I will keep this book close to my bed, so I could re-read the short chapters any time I need encouragement to have patience with my kid (who was born two weeks ago.) So far I did not need it.
  break | Jul 15, 2008 |
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Crouching Father, Hidden Toddler contains the treasured wisdom that will help new dads master the Buddha-like patience required to be on the receiving end of projectile pureed spinach, sleep-deprived moms, and toys with Some Assembly Required. Experienced dad and aspiring guru C.W. Nevius expounds on the ancient concept of wu wei (i.e., going with the flow) as well as some handy tips picked up from kung fu movies. An array of short essays ponder on such koans as What is the sound of one child napping? Also revealed are such proven parenting techniques as apprenticing with a learned senseithat is, the father of a child who doesn't bite. Whimsical illustrations and a winning compact format make this a perfect gift for Father's Day and co-ed baby showers. Warm and encouraging, Crouching Father, Hidden Toddler provides the one necessity for any samurai facing a Mt. Fuji of diapers: laughter.

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