I've been a Commando, a PCSO in the Met and a security guard at the UK Mission to the UN in New York, but it was the terrifying experience of bringing my first son back from the hospital that prompted me to write Commando Dad: Basic Training. Based on the 'Basic Battle Skills' that I was given when I joined the army, Basic Training is packed with practical tips and advice, and equips men with all the skills they need to be hands-on-dads. It is supported by my website: www.commandodad.com, that not only has extra resources (such as videos about how to hold, feed, burp, change and bath your baby troopers) but also forums where dads can share tips and advice with me - and other Commando Dads. It is now also available as a pocket book version (the first year).
I have now written a new book to prepare men for fatherhood: Commando Dad Raw Recruits. It uses the 266 days (and counting) that separate men from dads, to prepare them - practically, physically and where possible, emotionally - for the adventure ahead. It covers everything from the physical and emotional development of your BT (Baby Trooper) and CO (Commanding Officer or mum-to-be); to pregnancy symptoms you don't need to worry about (and those you do); what happens in the appointments; ante natal classes; what childbirth is actually like and what happens next; and much more. It also features advice and tips from other new dads.
I have written the two books that I wish I'd have been given as a dad-to-be and a new dad.
After 12 years as a stay at home dad to my three troopers, Sam, Jude and Liberty, I'm still learning new things about parenting. You can reach me on the forums on my website, and also read about my adventures in parenting in Telegraph Men: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/neil-sinclair/