Rookie Dad

Rookie Dad

Fun and Easy Exercises and Games for Dads and Babies in Their First Year

Get in the game of fatherhood!
All new dads want to bond with their babies -- but how? With seventy-two safe, simple exercises, each illustrated with a fun photograph, Rookie Dad helps busy fathers make a real connection with their little ones -- and have a ball doing it!
  • "Shake Hands with Dad" promotes motor coordination
  • "Eyes on the Ball" boosts eye-tracking skills
  • "Flashlight Tag" is fun at lights-out time
  • "Crunch Time" helps baby learn balance while tightening Daddy's abs
  • "Box Score" is a fantastic tool for bedtime,helping babies enjoy snug spaces

These and other age-appropriate activities, designed for the newborn to the twelve-month-old, help develop fundamental skills needed for sitting, crawling, walking, and more. They also plant the seeds for a lifelong love of sports and physical fitness. But all Baby knows is Dad is really fun to be with! Be a champion to the MVP in your life -- by sharing the joyful and unique approach to quality time illustrated in Rookie Dad.
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  • Gallery Books | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743410342 | 
  • May 2001
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About the Author

Susan Fox
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Susan Fox

Susan Fox, a licensed pediatric neurodevelopmental therapist, is director of the Pediatric Therapy Clinic in Seattle. Her guide for fathers of babies in their first year, Rookie Dad, is available from Pocket Books. Fox teaches workshops on child development at Microsoft, and trains early childhood educators, therapists, nurses, and physicians.




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