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!
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.
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.
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.