Being a new parent can be a difficult transition period for anyone, mom or dad. But it often seems just a bit more terrifying at times for men, or maybe we just handle it a little worse. Either way, seeing as I’m a man, I’d prefer to expound my tips for fathers rather than mothers. So here are a few parenting tips for new dads to help ease the transition into your new role.
Walk away…it’s okay – Of course you can’t always walk away, no matter how much you would like too. But when you can, sometimes it’s the best thing you can do. There will be those moments when you feel like you’ll explode, and rather than doing silly like punching the wall or breaking something, if someone else is there who can take over, just take a breather. Sometimes all you need is that 5-minute break to gather yourself, collect your thoughts, and cool down.
Stay actively involved – Momma is momma, there’s no getting around it. When the inevitable scraped knee or boo-boo occurs, your little one will most likely be calling for her. That doesn’t mean that your little one loves you any less, it’s just a more natural reaction. So suck it up, grit your teeth, get used to it, and step back in the ring – your hard work will pay off in the long run.
Communicate – Communication is not only key to staying in touch with your wife’s or partner’s needs, but with baby’s as well. Even though they can’t talk yet, communication with your babe is something that is important in developing and honing their own verbal and auditory skills. And as much as everyone says television is bad, it isn’t always a negative influence on a baby. Sure, you don’t want to overdo it, but with the wide selection of children’s channels and programs, television can be fun as well as educational for the entire family.
Enjoy alone time – When you have time alone, maximize it. You will find that in most cases, these opportunities will present themselves less and less now that the little one is around. When you get the most out of being by yourself, it will often heighten the enjoyment you get while being around your baby and family.
Take a break – Vacations will never be the same whether you bring your little tike with you or leave him or her with grandparents or other friends or family. While it is hard to break away sometimes, it’s necessary for you and your wife or significant other’s mental health.
Saving money – Scrimping on baby costs doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent. For some reason there seems to be an association between saving money and compromising on a baby’s care. There is a difference however between neglecting a child’s needs and just being sensible. Many name brand baby products, from baby wipes to formula are often much the same, if not identical to their non-name brand or store brand counterparts. Remember, toys and clothes that have been passed down from friends, family or through garages sales and resale shops are often just as good as new and can save you a ton of money.
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