No need to run helter-skelter! With the help of some mommies and daddies, we've compiled a list that'll help dads along this journey!
Daddies- every woman is different, so don't assume it will be the same for your partner- ask her what will be helpful to her.
Mommies- be open to share of how you'll like/prefer the daddies to help around.
Remember, this partnership works best with love and communication! Expectations and assumptions may only end in resentment.
'BUT I'M OUT WORKING ALL DAY!' Now now, calm down. Every parent is working. While one goes out during the day, the other who stays at home with the baby is also working a day job. Looking after a baby 24/7 can be crazy demanding and it can leave mommy feeling messed up and isolated. When both parents are home, taking care of the baby is a shared job. Moreover, during the early days of sleep deprivation and intensive caring, your help is BIG. If mommy is well rested and healthy, she'll be in the better frame of health and mind to take better of your baby. A WIN-WIN! So take heart!
EENIE-MEENIE-MY-NEE-MO! IM A GREAT DADDY, LET ME SHOW!
Take your pick! Here's some ideas to choose from, it ain't a list or a demand. Key point to remember: don't underestimate her need for support.
And, lads, your partner’s need for support does not magically end at the full moon celebration or four months after. Keep this list in hand if you need to ( secret or not), ask, refer or repeat!
Mommies, if you’ll like to, you can be specific with the help you need and have your man refer to the checklist above that you've chosen. SPEAK YOUR MIND.
Peeps, be flexible, tweak along the way and as long as the both of you are open with communication, your relationship and parenthood just keeps getting better!
All 3 of us sisters will be sharing stories from our different perspectives. The good, the bad and the ugly, we're telling it as it is.