Dads & Daughters Scanning the Past

When we have daughters and/or stepdaughters, we have to recognize the monumental cultural pressure they feel about how they look. That's why body image (and related issues) is such a problem for girls and young women today.

But dads and stepdads can do their part to help girls resist those pressures and learn resilience.

In The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to be Perfect, Dr. Margo Maine and I describe a personal way to scan your past.

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New Dad Stress

How does a 3-year-old handle stress? By throwing what my daughters used to call a "hissy fit," screaming, pounding, throwing a tantrum.

Kids that age are learning new things at supersonic speed, and that's a stressful way to live.

First-time fathers also have to learn new things at supersonic speed. But we don't get the "luxury" of throwing a hissy fit when there's an infant in our lives.

 

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Quick Kicks: Dads & Daughters 14 and Up

St._Anns_Team.JPGDads and stepdads sometimes struggle to come up with activities that they can do with their daughters...especially once those daughters are teenagers. 

"Quick Kicks" is my name for a list of father-daughter activity ideas that a Pop (father, dad, padre, daddio) can pull out any time. They don’t require a lot of preparation or explanation. But if you’re stumped for ideas of what to do today, this quick list can get your started!

Be sure to share you own dad-tested ideas in the comment section below.

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Shared Parenting

If you read this blog, or any of my books, it’s obvious by now that I’m a big fan of dads handling as many parenting duties as possible. Those everyday activities build your relationships with your children and family.

Guys like to measure things and have concrete evidence about what’s happening. In recent years, parents and advocates developed the ideas of equally shared parenting (ESP) and co-parenting--along with tools to help you figure out how you’re dividing up your obligations and opportunities for child-rearing, career, self-care, and other important things.

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Bed Rest

What happens if the obstetrician utters the dreaded works "Bed Rest!"your "very" pregnant partner ? She's probably not going to like it. 

After all, would you like being stuck, flat on your back, for days...or weeks...without reprieve?

Pregnancy bed rest demands a lot from an expectant father. Use all the coaching and encouragement you can to keep her horizontal! 

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