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4.8 out of 5 stars
Teething Pains: How to Survive Being a Dad
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on 25 July 2011
Some books are funny; some inadvertently; some intentionally. Seldom is a book so laugh-out-loud funny that you have to ask your other half - politely - if she would refrain from reading it in order that you can hear what's on the telly. This is that book...

Reviews are often more about the reviewer than the object of the review. So I'm going to let Ben's book speak for itself. Here's what you're missing if you don't buy 'Teething Pains' by Ben Wakeling (available now on Amazon).

On weaning...
Are there any foods to avoid? Indeed there are. Vindaloo is one. And you'll be the one clearing up the mess when it comes out at the other end...

As I write, some scientist bods have just recommended that a child should be weaned at four, not six months. Argh! Panic! Quick, get that nipple out of your baby's mouth! (Not your nipple, obviously. Yours won't work.)

On bonding...
I know this is a job usually reserved for women (he said it, missus!) but cooking with your child is a great way to bond. In this instnace, 'cooking with your child' mean alongside your child, not actually using him as an ingredient'.

On baby massage (specifically, a technique known as 'milking')...
Imagine you're milking a cow or, if that's too weird, pretend you're squeezing the filling from a sausage. Mind you, that's also pretty weird.

If you like your parenthood tips with a generous dose of humour buy this book. You'll laugh and learn all at the same time and the only person crying (unlike that chap on the cover) will be Ben... all the way to the bank!
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on 12 September 2011
Teething Pains how to survive being a dad by Ben Wakeling is the follow on to his fab first book Goodbye Pert Breasts which was all about being an expectant dad. In this follow on book Ben shares with his readers the joys of his parenting in the same funny, irreverant manner we have come to know him for.

What I love about Ben's writing (and I do love it, although he's sometimes really naughty about women) is the balance he achieves between making you laugh and making you think.

One of the first sections in this book is about bonding with your baby . Ben describes `Jeong' the loving so much you would kill feeling we have for our kids but acknowldges it may take a while to come he shares his own beautiful bonding story and advises men just wait for it to come and stay actively involved. See he is sensitive and wise as well as funny.

The illustations throughout the book are brilliant really adding to the humour. Teething Pains follows being a new dad dealing with issues from post natal deopession and dealing with visitiors right through to pre-school and travelling with kids.

Throughout I laughed aout loud , learnt new things and nodded in recognition, My hubby would have loved this book when we first had kids.

Highly recommended
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on 26 February 2014
Ben Wakeling has written an honest and comprehensive guide to new fathers the world over. His little asides are pertinent and his style is chatty - even as I was thinking something, he had already written it. He doesn't condescend but writes clearly, concisely and comically and I have no hesitation in recommending this book to any expectant or new father, and consider that women would be well-advised to make this compulsory reading for their co-parent-to-be.
Unlike so many of the books I have reviewed this one is well-written and, joy of joys, grammatically correct, hence the "woo-hoo" in the title.
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on 2 August 2011
Love this book! Very funny and hearfelt.

I would highly recommend this book to any new parents. In fact when Mum and bump are getting all the gifts make sure you buy this book for an expectant Father.

This book is well observed and touching in a way that only a Father can write.

We read this 7 months into our journey of parenthood and it's funny reading about the bits we have already been through and look forward to the rest.

Looking forward to the next instalment....
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on 13 May 2012
A great follow on to Goodbye Pert Breast: The Diary of a Newborn Dad.

A wonderful, informative, laugh out loud and handy survival guide to the early years of childhood for new parents or in fact any parents that are having a new child or have young children.

I would highly recommend getting this book and The Diary of a Newborn Dad, as a helpful guide through the joys of childhood.
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on 4 December 2012
I read this shortly before our daughter was born and it's fairly spot on! Honest, open and funny in places. Easy to read and full of useful information for the expectant dad.
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on 15 June 2012
Yet again a hilarious overview of living with children from a fathers perspective, brought laughter and giggles to both me and my husband well worth it a good read
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on 27 October 2011
great gift for soon to be father. Informative and genuinely funny. Highly recommended for Dads and Mums alike. Great stuff.
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on 17 June 2015
Absolutely brilliant...
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on 15 May 2012
I found the fist book in this series "Goodbye Pert Breast: The Diary of a Newborn Dad" after searching through popular free books for Kindle. I enjoyed it so much I immediately searched for this follow up.

Genuinely funny. Don't read it on the bus, or in a quiet library, in a dentist waiting room, or any place where breaking into fits of laughter every couple of minutes will get you thrown out/stared at/sectioned under the mental health act.

You don't have to be a fist time dad to enjoy it. Anyone of either sex who has had dealings with young children will relate to the author's truthful description of the responsibilities of being a parent.
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