Burp Daddy

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:

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Read to Her (Part 3)

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.

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Read to Her (Part 2)

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.

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Read to Her (Part 1)

Don't ever underestimate the influence you have on your daughter or stepdaughter.  A big area of influence is developing a love of reading.

From her earliest days, read stories to your daughter. They can be stories from a picture book, the newspaper, or anyplace else. 

Even your infant daughter needs to hear your voice, and if she hears you reading, you help connect her to the excitement of the written word. 

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Your Daughter's Voice

A girl feels good about herself when she is loud and bold. Too often, she runs into the notion (sometimes reinforced by Dad) that loud behavior is not ladylike. 

As she approaches adolescence, she hears that it’s unattractive to recognize your own needs and speak up openly for them. People (sometimes within her family) begin seeing her as a sexual object rather than as a person. She begins to wear the gender straight-jacket that squeezes out her breath while rewarding her more for her looks, passivity and being soft-spoken than for her passions, insights and beliefs.

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