I recommend this book for any parent or prospective parent (since the first stage actually begins before you have a child). It highlights the cognitive and emotional changes all parents must go through as their children grow and develop. It was reassuring to know that some of the thoughts I'm having during pregnancy are "normal" and part of parental development, even though they seem unusual to me since I've never had them before. I also find it useful to have a general idea about how my thoughts and behaviors are likely to change as my child grows, so I'll have a realistic image of my future.