Being The Best Father You Can Be
All fathers want to be the best father they can possibly be, but if you are first time father, being 'the best' can be a little intimidating. Here are a few ideas to help ease you into the role.
Take the Initiative
Many new fathers struggle to take the initiative to be actively involved in the raising of their children at a young age. Change diapers and help feed and bathe the baby. These are quite possibly the best ways of bonding with your new baby.
A Little Elbow Grease
Sometimes, when you look at your baby's mom, you wonder how she learned to be a mother. She wasn't born with it, she learned it. Same goes for you. Roll up your sleeves and get down and dirty when changing diapers. Although you may be a bit clumsy in the parenting stuff at first, you'll get the hang of it...just like your baby's mom did.
Play with Your Baby
Motoring your baby around like an airplane and making a drum set out of pots; playing with your baby teaches him a variety of important lessons, and gives you physical contact with your child. Father play can be a good way to teach children about regulating emotions, such as excitement and arousal. And don't be afraid to go outside and get dirty with them in the sand. Pack a lunch for two to throw into your backpack and head over to your local park for some outdoor fun.
It's alright not to be a macho guy in front of your baby; he won't think any less of you if you cry after having your best suit vomited on. Also, don't be coy; your baby plays 'easy to get', so don't hold back on showing the little guy how much you love him.
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