Commando Dad book review. Author: Neil Sinclair

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Commando Dad by Neil Sinclair

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a metaphor.

If there’s one thing I love more than a metaphor, it’s an extended metaphor.

So if that’s the case, then in my mind this book really is the literary equivalent of a celebratory Passing Out Parade.

Apart from coincidentally having the same name as my brother-in-law, author Neil Sinclair has been a Royal Engineering Commando and is now a qualified childminder and full-time dad to three of his own young troopers.

Neil started his book journey with the Commando Dad blog, and I happened to see Neil speaking about this at Mumsnet BlogFest last year. He was eloquent, knowledgeable and bloody funny!

Unfortunately, the book title isn’t a reference to Neil Sinclair’s current underwear status (but come to think of it, it’s probably quite relevant to my brother-in-law in that context – I’ll have to ask his Mrs!) It’s called ‘Commando Dad: Basic Training – How to be an Elite Dad or Carer’ because it covers the basics of becoming a dad for the first time and continues across the first 3 years of your little soldier’s life.

It’s aim is to teach new dad, in no nonsense terms, how to:

  • Prepare base camp
  • Survive the first 24 hours of your mission
  • Pack your kitbag
  • Maintain morale in the ranks
  • Prepare nutritious food for the unit
  • Deal with minor combat injuries and hostilities

When couples announce their pregnancy, it’s usually the mother-to-be who gets showered with presents, and often the dad-to-be misses out. I think ‘Commando Dad’ would be the perfect gift for those undoubtedly terrified, left out dads – particularly those with a sense of humour.

As a mum of two, I found this book to be full of very practical, helpful tips and extremely readable – the advice is presented in very well-organised bite-sized sections with logical headings and easily-scanable bullet points. The ‘military’ metaphor makes it fun to read and, although written specifically for dads, I think it would be useful to both genders.

With an RRP of only £9.99, and a percentage of royalties going to the ‘National Memorial Arboretum’ and ‘Acorns’ charities, I would call this the perfect present for a new dad.

Let the training commence!

Visit here to purchase from Amazon, in either paperback or as an e-book version.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book ‘Commando Dad’ for the purpose of this Commando Dad book review.

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