Endorsements

Below are some of the endorsements Rookie Father has received to date:

First-time dads need Rookie Father!

“If you’re one of the almost 20 million men out there who grew up without a dad of your own to teach you the guiding principles of being a good man and father, then you’ve just found the ultimate playbook to show you the way. Rookie Father checks all the important boxes by touching on everything from the importance of creating meaningful rituals with your kids to why it’s soooo important to have a cohesive partnership with your spouse. And I love that the author used his own experience as a child of divorce throughout the book to share his insights and give new dads permission to use the hard moments from their past to create a lasting legacy for the future. Giving this one to every new dad I know.”

–Lisa Sugarman, mom of two, nationally syndicated columnist, radio show host, and author of How To Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids And Be Ok With It, Untying Parent Anxiety, and LIFE: It Is What It Is.


“This book… is a wonderful place to start!”

“If you grew up without a dad can you become a great one to your own kids? You sure can, with a little help. This book — by a guy in your exact situation — is a wonderful place to start! The trick is to gather information, study some good examples, and adopt a curious and optimistic outlook that allows you to grow. Crisp, clear and hopeful.”

Lenore Skenazy is the author of Free-Range Kids and president of Let Grow, a non-profit promoting childhood independence and resilience, and founder of the Free-Range Kids movement. She is also a speaker, blogger, syndicated columnist, author, and reality show host.


“What better gift for a new dad?”

“Kendall Smith knows the damaging impact of being raised without a father and the irreplaceable power of being one. He has focused squarely on what a new father needs to know, giving any new Dad a jump start on the most important responsibility he will ever have! What better gift for a new dad?”

-Michael Byron Smith, Author of “The Power of Dadhood: How to Become the Father Your Child Needs


“How do you parent without an example? Rookie Father answers this question—and many more.”

“Many young men grow up without fathers in their lives. How do you parent without an example? Rookie Father answers this question—and many more. The author’s casual writing style invites the reader on a journey through fatherhood that is full of wisdom and insight. He shares his own story of growing up with divorce and encourages the reader to look forward and not to the past in creating meaningful relationships. He includes interviews with Dana Glazer (The Evolution of Dad) and Alan Katz, publisher and media mogul. The book take-away gives the reader permission to create positive parent-child memories and connections that will filter through generations to come.”

–Christy Monson has an M.S. in Counseling Psychology and Marriage & Family Therapy from University of Nevada at Las Vegas and is the author or several books – Family Talk, Finding Peace in Times of Tragedy, and several others.


“Any new dad will find this to be a tremendously useful guide.”

“Kendall Smith has a candid, straightforward approach that demystifies many of the daunting aspects of fatherhood.  I loved the way he shares struggles from his own life and turns his hard-earned wisdom into manageable, actionable solutions that help men navigate the adventure of fatherhood. Any new dad will find this to be a tremendously useful guide.”

Pam Lobley is an author and humor columnist. Her memoir, Why Can’t We Just Play? is the tender and hilarious story of a summer she spent slowing down and “doing nothing” with her kids.


“New dads, here’s your instruction manual to get you started and on your way!

“New dads, here’s your instruction manual to get you started and on your way! Kendall Smith has created a playbook for almost any situation as you become a first-time dad of an infant and toddler. Whether you read his book cover to cover or use it to look up situations as they arise, this useful manual is chock-full of nuts and bolts of being a rookie dad from A to Z.”

–Cynthia C. Muchnick, M.A. & Jenn Curtis, M.S.W.
Co-Authors of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness and Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World.


“…a treasure trove of helpful ideas for new fathers (and old fathers) alike.” 

“Kendall Smith’s new book, Rookie Father, provides a treasure trove of helpful ideas for new fathers (and old fathers) alike.  As someone who has done research on families and has been married for 44 years with 7 children and 20 grandchildren, I found the book providing the kind of advice that all fathers need as they try to navigate the challenges of being and husband and father.”

Gibb Dyer (PhD, MIT) is the author of The Family Edge, and the O. Leslie Stone Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Academic Director of the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance in the Marriott School of Business. His research has been quoted in publications such as Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.


If you’re a new father looking to feel engaged with another new father, Kendall is your guy.”

Kendall Smith has given us a personal account of his life as a growing father. He is willing to learn from other fathers, willing to share regrets, willing to explore how to triage family difficulties, and best of all, how to keep living a fit and healthy life to have the energy and love to be very available to his child. His loving care is unmistakable as he shares how he has overcome the trials of his childhood with a major mission: to be the best most loving father he can be.

As he reveals experiences about learning from his wife, his devotion to his marriage, and the joy he has in parenting together he sets the tone for an emotionally written, easy-going fatherly style that comes across in every chapter. If you’re a new father looking to feel engaged with another new father, Kendall is your guy. He’s supportive, personable, and gives you the feeling that what he’s learned he wants to share with you.

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D., psychoanalyst, award winning author of a book series on the Parental Intelligence Way, and author of “Living with a Narcissist, How Narcissistic Men Impact Your Happiness, How to Identify Them, and How to Avoid Raising One”  and “Playing with Baby: Research-Based Play to Bond with Your Baby from Birth to One Year.”


“If you are a new dad or about to be one or you know someone who’s “expecting”, this book is the perfect resource.”

“Kendall Smith’s, The Rookie Father, is a well written, easily digestible, mini-encyclopedia for new dads. He leaves no stone unturned when it comes to situations faced by first-time fathers—all of the usual “how to handle the kid” issues, to supporting your exhausted wife, to long-term financial planning that will affect your child, to dealing with (mostly) well-meaning in-laws.  Kendall speaks from his heart through his deeply felt personal experience. His style is fresh and direct.  If you are a new dad or about to be one or you know someone who’s “expecting”, this book is the perfect resource.”

Ben Bernstein, PhD, the author of Stressed Out! For Parents: How to be Calm, Confident & Focused. Is a psychologist, teacher, and performance coach whose career has spanned 40 years in education, psychology, and the arts. He lives in Oakland, California.


“A TRULY FABULOUS BOOK!”

“A TRULY FABULOUS BOOK! I was blessed to receive an advance copy and have found Kendall Smith’s “Rookie Father” well worth the read. Broken down into small chapters that are easy to digest, “Rookie Father” is truly one of the most insightful, supportive parenting books I’ve encountered. Every father (and mother) will benefit from reading this hearty, inviting book that’s filled with gems of wisdom at every turn.  From affirming the importance of relationship-saving psychotherapy to the essential gift of compassion, Kendall’s honest, loving approach to parenting and family relationships is affirming and truly valuable. Books such as this are all too rare; “Rookie Father” has the power to change children’s and parents’ lives for the better.”

–Carla Marie Manly, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, author of Joy from Fear: Create the Life of Your Dreams by making Fear You Friend and the recently published Date Smart, Transform Your Relationships and Love Fearlessly.


“Rookie Father takes Dad-hood to its roots in a modern, real and inspirational way.”

“With his deeply authentic and real perspective, The Rookie Father takes Dad-hood to its roots in a modern, real and inspirational way. It teaches Dads how to be men and men how to be Dads. Its pages have the powerful potential to bring father’s and families more peace at home, better relationships with those they love, and more fulfilling lives. In reality it is far more than a game changer. It’s a life changer.”

Michelle Packard Author of Family Ever After.


Rookie Father can help new dads to achieve their goals when it comes to home purchases, college savings, and retirement.”

“Kendall helps new dads take the reigns when it comes to saving money and managing their finances, and his advice is grounded in reality: he provides suggestions that are actionable. Rookie Father can help new dads to achieve their goals when it comes to home purchases, college savings, and retirement.”

Sara Yogev, Ph.D., author of A Couple’s Guide to Happy Retirement and Aging, is a clinical psychologist and former faculty member of Northwestern University.


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