Ex-commando writes fathers’ survival guide

A former commando who ditched the drills to become a full time nanny, has published his first book for new fathers. Neil Sinclair, a father of three, has written a military style survival guide for distressed fathers.

Neil Sinclair with daughter Liberty, five, wife Tara, and sons Sam, 10, and Jude, nine
Neil Sinclair with daughter Liberty, five, wife Tara, and sons Sam, 10, and Jude, nine

A former commando who ditched the drills to become a full time nanny, has published his first book for new fathers. Neil Sinclair, a father of three, has written a military style survival guide for distressed fathers.

The former Royal Engineer commando from Alrewas admits that when his three children were young he had wished that he had a manual to help him out, and at times he would have been preferred to have been out on the battle fields than dealing with an irritable infant.

This new book is the guide he never had.

Neil, who was in 59 Commando Royal Engineers, trained to be a PE teacher after leaving in 1993.

At a school in Carlisle he met his Willenhall-born wife Tara. The couple then moved to New York, where their first two children were born – Samuel, now aged 10, and Jude, nine.

The couple moved to Wednesbury in 2003 and Neil honoured a deal with Tara that if one got a job first the other would be full-time child carer.

Neil, 41, of Micklehome Drive, said: “It was difficult. I was looking after a one-year-old and a six-week-old.

“My wife was working hard at work and I was working hard at home. Sometimes when you have a crying baby in the middle of the night, all you need is practical help.”

After the birth of their third child, Liberty, now five, Neil decided to train as a childminder – calling himself, and then his book, Commando Dad.

Two years ago the couple took the children out of school to travel the world, including America, Australia and New Zealand, before returning to settle in Alrewas.

It was then that Neil sat down to write the book. Written in fun military style, the book gives a no-nonsense approach to parenting.

He said: “It is the book I would have liked to have, and it is set out in a simple manual style fashion.”

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