Knowing is half the battle.

    I honestly think I have more knowledge of quantum physics than I do of how to take care of a kid. I’ve always been the sort of person that can just tinker with something until I figure it out. By doing that I tend to know more about that subject than if I had just read the directions. Unfortunately, there is no ‘How To’ guide for taking care of a kid. I sure as hell can’t tinker with a baby to find out why they do what they do. The best chance we have at not royally screwing something up is by reading everything there is that relates to babies.
   
 I just took this quiz on www.babycenter.com called New Father IQ. It is a pretty
 short quiz consisting of 15 questions that tests your knowledge of being a new dad.  I didn’t do so hot on the quiz, only getting 7 of the 15 questions correct.  I was a little embarrassed at first when my score populated on the computer screen.  The good news is, I know I am not the only one that would have failed the test.
    We tend to feel that we are supposed to know exactly what to do in every situation.  We are trained to be technical experts in our respective jobs in the military so, how can we expect to know everything if we have not had training. I know that I would not be able to fire an  M4 Semi-Automatic rifle or be able to control aircraft without proper training so how is becoming a dad any different.  I will admit to you all that since we discovered that we were about to be parents I started devouring everything that I could read, watch or listen to in order to gain knowledge. Granted, that IQ test didn’t show that, but I know that with the help of all the material that is out there my transition to becoming a father will happen in stride.
     While researching material for this article I came across a book on Amazon.com called Commando Dad. It really peaked my interest in that this book is more of an instruction manual that many of us are used to. I intend on picking up a copy soon. The best part about the book is that there is a website associated with it that has instruction videos to go along. I enjoyed watching them because something as simple as picking up the little troop isn't as simple as slinging a duffle bag over your shoulder. There is some thought to it. One thing to keep in mind is that babies are pretty tough little things but not 550 cord tough. it's still important to be firm but gentle when handling them.

  
    

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