Have you ever heard someone say that a new Dad is jealous of his own baby? It’s not jealousy. Characterizing it that way is counterproductive, and doesn't do justice to what’s really going on.Read More
In the last decade, much progress has been made to bring maternal postpartum mood disorders further into the light, but what about paternal disorders?
On average, 10% of new fathers experience paternal postnatal depression (PPND), though some studies show that number reaches up to 25%. The stats vary widely, because research on paternal disorders is still relatively new, but the fact is: fathers definitely suffer from it, and it often goes unnoticed.Read More
As a new mom, how much would you pay for an unconditional, live-in support system?
Most moms would drain the bank for it, but the thing is: you’ve got support on hand and it’s entirely f-r-e-e …Your greatest support person goes by the name DAD and, trust us, he really wants to help us succeed.Read More
You’re baby is on the way and you’re ready to get into co-parenting with your partner, right? Sometimes, it’s easier said than done…
For moms, there’s a genetic rascal in our DNA that may rear its complex head and compel us to be hyper-vigilant and critical of Dad’s parenting; it incites us to either encourage or limit his access to the baby. When we’re in this mode, we’re “gatekeeping” and our partner is left out in the cold.Read More
At Boot Camp for New Moms, we talk a lot about the impact fathers have on their child’s life and the value they bring to you as your partner, because it’s pretty profound. Dad is your greatest ally, and your child’s champion. When men become fathers, they get a chance to appreciate their own dad in a whole new light and to understand his struggles, sacrifices, and unique expressions of love.Read More
You know how all your physical and emotional changes during pregnancy make it impossible to not have baby on the brain 24-7? For guys, connecting with fatherhood happens in a slow but steady build. In fact, the changes he experiences are so subtle (unlike yours – hello morning sickness and belly!) he may not even know it’s happening.Read More
In Boot Camp for New Dads, the dads-to-be are asked to make a list of things that they and their wives/girlfriends like to do together. They hear that although Mom was usually the relationship driver pre-baby, she won’t have the time or energy with a newborn, so Dad needs to take this on.Read More
Having your first child literally changes your world, your view of the world, and turns your relationship upside down. We hear new parents talk about how incredible it is to have created this precious little human, but they’re blown away by how much their relationship has changed because of it. As expectant parents, we plan ahead for the birth, the nursery and make sure we have all of the gear, but we don’t prepare our relationship for the dramatic change ahead.Read More
At Boot Camp for New Dads, we continually stress the value of guys being proactive about getting involved and educated before their baby comes. We harp on the notion that starting off early on the right foot has long lasting, far-reaching results. There’s a reason. Starting off early on the right foot has long lasting, far reaching results.Read More
As Cavemen, we dads developed a strong protective instinct (Saber-toothed cats were a real problem), as well as a nurturing instinct. We were hands-on with our babies 24/7 in our little caves (talk about co-sleeping), except when out after an extra big mammoth because we had another mouth to feed.Read More