A few years ago, a young daughter from Missouri named Jessica wrote me with a powerful story of love for her dad.
“A father’s love will never change. But you don’t know how much you love him until something happens to him. Then you’re scared and don’t know how he is.
As you try to think, the only thing running through your head is heart attack, hospital, Daddy.”
Both moms and dads can have the “baby blues” from time to time after a new baby arrives. However, Mom may be more likely to struggle with this, thanks to hormones and the ordeal of childbirth.
She may have mood swings and feel sad, anxious, or overwhelmed. She might lose her appetite, have crying jags, or have trouble sleeping.
The difference between baby blues and postpartum depression is time and severity.Read more
Every baby needs burping.
But, despite what you've seen on TV and in the movies, vigorous whacks on the baby’s back are ineffective, and they hurt.
Successful burping techniques all use gentle touch, either through rubbing or patting. Experiment with one or more of these positions:Read more
Here are 4 more tips to promote father-daughter relationships through reading:
Power down. Too much time at a screen--TV, computer, video game, cell phone, etc,--inhibits your daughter’s interest in reading, as well as her ability to read well. Turn off screens, limit screen time, and cut back on the electronic toys.
Simple toys (like blocks, crayons, or the cardboard boxes other toys come in) stimulate creative play, social and mental development, and lay a good foundation for reading.
Make time to read yourself. A big chunk of our fatherly influence comes from the example we set for our daughters. Get into reading yourself, and be eclectic—comic books are OK for you, too! Your enjoyment is infectious and triggers her interest.
Dad-Daughter reading is fun, develops key skills, and creates good bonding time. Here are three simple tips:
Be patient. If you’ve ever tried to learn a new language as an adult, you understand how incredible it is for a pre-schooler to learn to speak and read her own language. It takes time! Play with letters together, help her learn them and manipulate them. Most kids learn to read at their own pace with encouragement and exposure to letters and books.Read more