Sometimes there is no time to absorb the fact that you are going to be a father. It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed because you will have to work a few more hours at work or get a side job like many parents in these modern times. Some dads also take an active role in caring for the mommies-to-be. This could mean that you are taking care of all the cooking, cleaning, or may have assisted in some prenatal exercises. You probably had no time to truly take this all in, and then you were in the delivery room. Do not fret, many dads are feeling that storm of emotions where joy and utter fear are tussling against each other. The following are a few tips that may help you survive being a new dad.
How to Survive Being a New Dad
No doubt that becoming a dad is daunting for many reasons, but relax because others have been in the same position, and you have the benefit of learning from their experiences. Thankfully, there are many parents out there who want to help fellow parents.
One important thing to remember is to learn a few skills that you will need. This includes learning how to bathe your baby and change a diaper. These are essential skills that you simply must know. Dads may need to learn how to mix a baby’s formula, unless your partner decided to stick to breast milk.
Be sure to understand your role as a dad. Coming home and complaining about your day is not a good idea. What you want to do is alleviate your partner as soon as you can. Always call when you are going to be late, and try not to startup a conversation with a neighbor when you get home. Your partner might need you to help out with something.
This is a good time to learn how to calm your child down. Yes, a baby loves to be happy, but that does not mean there will be no instances of crying that may feel never-ending. You want to stay calm, and learn a few techniques that will help a baby stop crying. Trust that your partner will love you a thousand times over every time you are able to get this right.
You should, even at this stage in your parenting, know what kinds of values you want to instill in your child. Talk about them with your partner to make sure you are on the same page. It might seem futile, but surveys show that many parents are becoming more interested in instilling strong values in their offspring. Traits like obedience, leadership, persistence, self-reliance, and altruism though these are just a few. Most parents have dozens of traits they want their kids to have.
Of course, these are just some tips that may help you be the kind of dad you want to be, but it is a learning process. Trust your gut, and parent as a unit rather than apart.
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