How To Be A Model Dad?
Child India|June 2018

It’s easy! All you need to do is follow this step-by-step guide to be more involved in your child’s emotional development.

Prachi S Vaish
TOMES HAVE been written for mothers—thousands of words that exalt them, list what’s expected of them, spell out their roles. By comparison, literature on how dads can contribute, feels like a footnote. Several researches have provided irrefutable evidence that the influence fathers yield, plays a pivotal role in the complete development of the child. But what exactly does this mean? Here’s an age-by-age guide for dads to know how they can be more involved in their kid’s life.

All the strategies we have elaborated on below, can, of course, be implemented by mothers as well. However, we have presented them from a dad’s point of view because, besides being a provider of material comforts, in India, a dad’s role needs to become more in-depth in child-rearing. And given our cultural set-up, it is often that new dads do not have role models to look up to. So even though they would like to be more involved in their children’s lives, they usually don’t know how to go about it. Let these suggestions act as a guide and help fathers step into the area of their child’s emotional development, with confidence.

BIRTH TO 2 YEARS

Technically, this is the most crucial time for mothers because, after all, they are the ones who give birth. So you would think that a dad’s scope here is limited but you’d be surprised. Just by being a little proactive, fathers can make the arrival of the new baby a much more joyous and relaxed experience for the entire family.

The Background Prep

While your wife is in the final stages of pregnancy, she feels sluggish, both physically and mentally. And even though the baby hasn’t arrived yet, there’s a whole lot to be done before you get to the hospital on the final day. So surprise her by creating the ‘hospital bag’. There are many things she would need, including changes of comfortable nursing clothes, nursing bras, hygiene and care products both for herself and the baby, loads of tissue paper and may be her favourite music to relax once in a while too. Make a comprehensive list and then go over it with her. Maybe there would be a particular brand she would prefer for certain things, or maybe she already has some of the stuff. But make sure you take care of this responsibility for her and the baby, so that when she is exhausted from the birthing process, you’re ‘all hands on deck’ with what is where!

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