Dads, talk more to your babies
A recent study showed that babies hear way more words from their moms than their dads. And interestingly, dads talked more to their male babies than female. We know babies learn so much from being exposed to language, so I think it’s time to start chatting! http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/03/talking-baby-mom-dad/18262421/
Play fighting with your baby. A bit much or a good time?
I love to roughhouse with my daughter, and maybe I’m crazy,but I thinkit makes her tougher. I will say that I think this video is a bit much and that first move the guy does flipping the baby over his shoulder by the baby’s arm was a little scary. http://www.newsfeed.time.com/2013/11/26/how-to-fight-a-baby-hint-wind/I agree. I play slam my daughter on the bed but not until she was old enough to laugh and keep com…
Dads: did you get up with your baby at night?
Interesting article from a dad who was involved with his baby’s care at night, and how his own mother reacted to his involvement (it will surprise you!): http://nyti.ms/1n6uDyp What did you do? What do you think? I know if my husband hadn’t helped out, being successful at nursing would have been way more difficult. Also with me working full-time, I am not sure how I would have survived!I honestly think it’s funny now how people have a “plan” on how they will parent …
Thinking of having another baby; level with me.
So guys, we’ve got our nice life with a 4 yr old daughter and have been talking about another child for about a year now, but have yet to pull the trigger. Our daughter is finally at the age where we can take her just about anywhere and we don’t have to worry about being gone too long or nap time. Will we start all over with schedules, naps, etc. if we have number two, or does the second child learn to go with the flow of the family?Flag on the field! Women in the man cave, 15 yrd penalty!
Paranoid or Protective?
So, gone are the days of letting your children play outside unsupervised (at least where I live). But when does being a protective parent go rogue? Example: we were on a road trip recently and my daughter, 4, had to go to the bathroom. We pulled over at a rest area and my wife accompanied her to the bathroom and we were on our way. Once back in the car, my wife told me how another woman and her daughters were in the bathroom and the mother told her 10 year old daughter to go wait in the car. Nothing struck me about this, but my wife was up in arms that someone would let their 10 yr old daughter out of their sight at a rest area. I then posed the question, ” what if I was on this trip alone with our daughter when she is older? I can’t take a 10 yr old in the men’s room with me.” She replied that I could have gone in the women’s bathroom with my daughter… I like to think I can keep a watchful eye and avoid paranoia by still allowing my children some breathing room. Am I too relaxed or is my wife too worried? By the way, I am fully aware of the 300,000 human trafficking victims per year in the US, so don’t assume I am naive.
Stay at home Dads
I recently heard that many dads that stay at home with the kiddies are often ridiculed and harassed for their chosen profession. I say “profession” because it takes more patience, concentration, and pure guts to stay at home with the kids than it does to work away from the home. Have you ever been the only parent while your wife was out of town for a week or even just a weekend? Sure, if you want to be a slob and just play all day it’s fun. But then can you actually call yourself a real man if you let your wife come home to a messy house and expect her to clean it when you are the one at home all day? We live in a society where both men and women can have successful working careers, so both men and women should also be able to take care of the home and children. I’d just like to say to all the moms and dads out there who stay at home with the kids, and actually take care of the entire house; “great job and thank you!”My wife and I have been having this discussion for a long time, because I suspect we’re not t…
Daddy, why don't you have to wear a shirt?
So my 3yr old daughter asked my why I’m “nakie with your belly and private parts out.” Meaning I was wearing only shorts but no shirt, and my “private parts” we’re my pecks (that’s right; no man boobs here!). My reply of saying that boys don’t have to wear shirts did not sound like an adequate answer to me, and quite frankly, kind of unfair from her perspective. Can you tell a 3 yr old that girls have breasts (or will one day) and have to keep them covered up, while their male counterparts can run around all day shirtless? What would you say to your daughter? Nudists need not reply…You make some valid points, Brad. Tough truth how life no longer centers around us and our needs. …
First discussion of my first group…check. Also an amazing Herbie Hancock album, but I digress. This is really a post to discuss the upcoming first hike with my 11 month old son. We recently purchased a Kelty Child Carrier and I’m excited to take him on his first trip to Hartshorne Woods! They have plenty of easier/moderate hiking trails. Hopefully we get some nice days will low humidity this weekend. Probably will follow with a stroll up to Huber Woods too. Two great Monmouth county parks you need to take advantage of that I highly recommend.Sounds like a good activity. Are there other Dads who are interested in getting a child carrier an…