Let’s face it: Becoming a father gives every guy the jitters, whether he admits it or not. And, while it may be one of the best feelings in the world, the rigours of everyday parenting can be tough. Especially if you’re single. We get it. And that’s why we’re here to help. Handling the kids by yourself, all the time or just some of the time, can get overwhelming. And sometimes, unsolicited advice from strangers can be just what the doctor ordered. It’s objective, and that’s why it works. If you’re not a dad yet, it’s still a good idea to understand what you’re getting into, and how you can ace it.
BE THE CHILD & THE ADULT
For a toddler or a small kid, I think all you need is to relate to them, so bring out the child in yourself and be in your element; that’s what kids remember, that they played with their dads like no tomorrow. For teenagers, you need to be that support system or a wall they can lean on—a rock solid wall to help them stand up when they fall.” Mausumi Barooah, Sydney
Apart from following the holy grail of having them well fed, rested, and clean, avoid the convenience of screen time. Keep screen time for emergencies and when you have no other option (read office con call), get them to join you for errands, give them tasks, and you’d be surprised how simple chores like putting on a washing machine can turn into