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Tips for a new dad

Updated on October 10, 2016

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Photo Credit - David Castillo Dominici
Photo Credit - David Castillo Dominici

Tips for new fathers

Congratulations you are a new father! Here are a few tips I hope will be helpful, the main one love your children, they will be your best friend as the years go by. Time spend with your children to show how much you love and appreciate them, is the biggest reward you can have, being a father is a marvel of life.

It is good for your child's development, to spend time alone with your child if at all possible, without mum being there, it makes it more special to your child and ensures that you are actively involved, rather than following mums lead. If you have more than one child, try to spend some time with each child individually, rather than with all of them together. Your child will feel cool having you to themselves, and you will learn a lot more on how your child is getting on. But make sure you do not spend all your spare time with only one of them, treat your spare time equally among them, so there is no jealousy among brothers and sisters.

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About sharing the workload.

When you have a young child, have you thought of hanging out the washing, or doing little things to help the mother of your child feel appreciated. Taking the baby for a walk in the pushchair, that will give you precious time with your young one, and give mum a rest to put her feet up. You may work all week, at your important job, but raising children is the most important job in the world.

Don't forget that mum has just taken on a full-time job in bringing up a family, and most parents would agree that caring especially for a newborn baby is a lot tougher than any nine-to-five job. Take the pressure off both you and your partner by doing a few chores. Give your child's mum a break from baby, you will have a very happy mum when you return, she may even cook you a special meal while you are away, and you will have had that time alone with your child, for you to get to know each other better.

It's all about sharing that makes a happy relationship, and a role model in your children's eyes.

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Have fun with your children. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley
Have fun with your children. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley

Enjoy the time you have with your children

Spend as much time as you can with your children if it means taking off time for the holidays to spend time together as a family. Can you arrange to get off an hour earlier on the one day a week to take your son to soccer practice, or pick him up from school, or your daughter, some special time with her, even taking them for a swim, as long as it is time spent together? Maybe you can make up the work time later. These days, most employers are recognizing the need to be more family-friendly, because, a happy staff members are better workers. Also, business owners are fathers their selves and know the pressures on families especially when you live away from home, and your children only see you at the weekend.

When it come to time spent with your children, it's all about quality, not quantity, have fun with your children. Time with your child should be non-negotiable, nothing should get in the way, so children feel loved and in touch with their father.

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I have found that fathers are searching for help with their children, there are so many troubled younger's, looking for the love of their fathers.

Is there any advice that you can give new fathers?

Especially grateful if some fathers, or family members, can add some of your own tips, that you have found very rewarding, in the years of your children, or someone else's children, you have help over the years, with them growing up.

© 2011 Elsie Hagley

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @Zeross4: It is important for dads to listen and respond with questions so the child knows dad was listening, but a lot of men are in such a hurry to go and do something they are thinking about, that they don't listen and children pick it up very quickly and men wonder why the child goes to mum to ask about things.

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      Renee Dixon 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Love this, very great for new dads indeed! I think it's important for the dads to spend quality time with their children each day and listen to them- even if they aren't interested in what the child is talking about.

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      TopTenLists 6 years ago

      It's all about getting them involved and sharing the 'work'. They love to feel they are being useful and achieving things. IT doesn't matter that it takes 12 times as long, you have a 100 times more fun doing it so plan accordingly.

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      jdwheeler 6 years ago

      You HAVE to make time for them. We can always find an excuse or reason to put off doing something with our children, but you have to realize what is most important. Remember they won't be the age they currently are very long, and you can miss a lot if you mess around and come up with excuses. Do you remember the lyrics to the Harry Chapin song "Cat's in the Cradle"? Very true.