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Gina Stepp has a master's degree in forensic psychology with an emphasis on trauma and resilience. As family and relationships editor for Vision, she examines the role interpersonal connection plays in ensuring human well-being.

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Call Them Dad

  
  
  
Three dads in New Zealand present a handy manual for new fathers
Manual for new fathers

Scott Lancaster, Eric Mooij and Stefan Korn are entrepreneurs, fathers and now bestselling authors whose efforts succeed in filling an important void on the parenting-book aisle. As the innovative trio behind DIY Father, these dads have compiled their considerable combined experience and research to produce a book that is not only an important resource for new, young and hip dads but is also an entertaining read for both of the new parents.

Besides offering a host of practical tips backed by solid research, Lancaster, Mooij and Korn are engagingly honest in a way that a new generation of dads cannot fail to appreciate. And they are honest about the bad news as well as the good news. (Good news: your wife's figure becomes better endowed during pregnancy. Bad news: those endowments could actually be painful for her so you may be required to give them a wide berth).

From pregnancy through the first 12 months of fatherhood, Call Me Dad is a must-have for English-speaking fathers across the globe, at least until it begins to be translated into other languages—an eventuality which must be regarded as inevitable. In the meantime, English-speakers will not mind mentally translating the occasional (and charming) Kiwi vernacular since the important aspects of baby care covered by this excellent manual are, in fact, universal.

As the authors put it, their book is meant to cover "the mechanics of fathering (yep, that's where the nappies come in), but also the mentality of fathering  (as in, 'You're having children? You must be mental . . .'). Most importantly though, it's about the joy of becoming and being a dad—a journey that lasts for the rest of your life."

Germany Mourns Teen Gunman's Victims

  
  
  
Conflicting reports surface regarding posting in online chatroom

A chatroom post seemed to suggest that troubled teen Tim Kretschmer had confided his plans to another teen nearly seven hours before killing 15 classmates and bystanders yesterday, but officials are now skeptical of the posting.

A local German official quoted the chatroom message as saying, in part: "I've had enough. Always the same. Everybody's laughing at me. No one sees my potential. I'm serious. I have weapons and I will go to my former school in the morning . . . you will hear of me tomorrow. Remember the place's name: Winnenden."

Whether the apparent message actually came from Kretschmer or was posted after the fact is still under investigation. No record of it is apparent on the gunman's personal computer.

Eight of the nine students killed in the shooting were girls and all three teachers were women, but it is not known whether this circumstance was intentional. After fleeing to the nearby downtown area, Kretschmer shot three adult males before turning his gun on himself.

Some early news reports say Kretschmer was known to have good relationships with his parents and younger sister, while other sources add that he "enjoyed grisly horror movies and violent 'shoot-em-up' computer games."

According to Reuters', Kretschmer had been treated for depression until dropping his treatment in September of last year.


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