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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Dads & Daughters & Body Image: Part 3

Jeff___Rachel_Smith___JK.JPGTween and teen girls often battle body image concerns every day. As the first man in a girl’s life, Dad has a big role in helping her out.

Dr. Margo D. Maine’s book  Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness includes an excellent set of tips on how to do this. Here’s the last of the 3-part list (the first 2 rounds are here and here):

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Dads & Daughters & Body Image: Part 2

StLouisA.jpgLooking for ways to boost your daughter’s confidence?

Dr. Margo D. Maine’s book  Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness, has simple ideas on how dads and stepdads can help in the realm of body image.

Here’s the second round of tips (I shared the first the first round here; look for more tomorrow):

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Dads & Daughters & Body Image: Part 1

1612003_10153096024180190_765488319_o.jpgToo many girls continue to worry about their body shape and appearance; no surprise, given how continually they are assaulted by cultural and marketing messages insisting that how they look is more important than who they are.

In her book Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness, Dr. Margo D. Maine PhD offers some concrete, constructive steps fathers can take to build healthy self-image (especially body image) in their daughters and stepdaughters.

Here are Margo's first few tips—I’ll share others tomorrow.

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