The New Dad's First Year

bare_chest_sleeping.JPGThe months leading up to your baby’s first birthday bring the first taste of his growing independence. He is getting stronger, growing teeth, eating new foods, and snarfing up more and more information. He will crawl and then walk.

Of course, this places new demands on you, since the baby isn’t going to just lie quietly in the crib anymore (if he ever did!).

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The Many-Made Father

According to the New York Times, historian David McCullough told 2009 graduates at University of Oklahoma that:

There is no such thing as a self-made man or woman. Never was, never will be. We are all, as were those in whose footsteps we follow, shaped by the influence and examples of countless others — parents, grandparents, friends, rivals.

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Your Daughter's Mr. Fix-It

Mavis_braces_Joe_Nia_glasses-small.jpgWe fathers take deep pride in our ability to be fixers. Our pride can get hurt when we don’t get to bring our expertise into play.

But almost every time I played Mr. Fix-It in conversation with my daughters, they were frustrated and I got burned. 

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Jealous or Jolly?

As much as a new dad wants to be with his new baby, he may also feel jealous or envious of her sometimes. This is normal, and not a big problem in extremely small doses.

Don’t be surprised if your partner sometimes shares those feelings; since we all like being the center of attention when we can.

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When New Dads go Home from Work

When you come home from work, resist the temptation to show your baby how cool and exciting you are. But you don’t have to regain her affection and admiration every day.

Don’t cram a day’s worth of father-baby activity into the time between your arrival home and putting her down for the night.

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