The Top 5 Mistakes New Dads Make

Dude You’re Gonna Be a Dad

Dude You’re Gonna Be a Dad

Around the time my wife and I learned we were pregnant with our third child, I realized that my pregnancy threat level—or how panicked I felt internally about having additional children—was only canary yellow instead of Creamsicle® orange. Or was it the other way around? I was never quite sure which threat level was more, well, threatening. I wasn’t overwhelmed by that mixture of panic, joy, and bile, and I even skipped my ritualistic calculation of how many years this new baby would push back my retirement. I finally figured out that the joy of fatherhood outweighed the fears and challenges that pregnancy presented. That’s when I decided to write Dude You’re Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months. (The ebook version is on sale (1.99!) for a limited time on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!)

My goal with the book was to coach new dads along as they joined the cult of fatherhood, and hopefully provide some relief to the growing pains that are so familiar to experienced dads. To welcome rookie dads into the fold this Father’s Day, let’s take a look at five of the biggest mistakes us veterans know new dads can make:

John Pfeiffer is the proud father of three and author of Dude You’re Gonna Be a Dad. You can check out his fatherly advice (gripes) and ramblings at and follow him on Twitter at @johnpfeifferdad.

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