Fathering Your Toddler

A Dad's Guide to the Second and Third Years

Release Date
Format Paperback 288 pages 6 x 9 inches 30 black-and-white illustrations
ISBN-13 978-0-78920-850-7 SKU 1035153
Other Formats Hardcover / eBook

A significantly updated, revised, and expanded guide to all aspects of fatherhood during a child’s second and third years by the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of The Expectant Father.

At what age should you introduce your child to computers? When and how should you go about drawing up a will? The day your child starts preschool, how will you cope with the pangs of adult separation anxiety? The answers to these questions and hundreds more are found in the pages of this information-packed volume. Author Armin Brott devotes a chapter to every three months of the second and third years. In each chapter, Brott charts the physical, intellectual, verbal, and emotional changes the child is going through and examines the emotional and psychological developments the father may be experiencing. He discusses issues that may develop between fathers and their partners as well as matters that involve the whole family. In addition, each chapter contains a section called “You and Your Child,” in which activities and issues appropriate to the given age are discussed.

New topics in this revised and expanded edition cover the latest research on child development, including brain growth. There is more advice for dads who are older, single, or in the military; fathers of preemies and multiples; stepfathers; and stay-at-home dads. This new edition adds information on a wide range of subjects, from helping a child grieve over the loss of a relative or a pet to health and safety issues to care of special-needs children.

Incorporating the author’s and other fathers’ personal experiences, as well as the advice of top researchers in the field, and illustrated throughout with delightful New Yorker-style cartoons underscoring the universality of the joys and woes of parenting, A Dad’s Guide to the Toddler Years is an essential sourcebook for every dad. It’s certain to give every mom helpful insights as well.


... a perfect balance of stuff dads need to know and the stuff they want to know. It’s a book that will make father understand what’s going on with their children, and enjoy the vital role they play in their kids’ lives even more. -- Child magazine

Brott writes honestly and earnestly. His wry sense of humor will be a relief to hassled parents. -- Time

...Brott demystifies child development, offers insight and practical advice on living with a toddler, and makes you realize how swell toddlers are. ... It’s a book that will make fathers understand what’s going on with their children, and enjoy the vital role they play in their kids’ lives even more. A great addition to any parenthood library. -- Pamela Abrams, former Editor-in-Chief, Child magazine

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