Five Basics for New Dads in Texas
Whether you are new to the business of being a Dad or are someone who is thinking of it, there are a few basics every Dad should know. While the financial side is seen for many as the big worry, we think that learning the basics of simply being a great Dad, for you and for your kid, is still a work in progress. But if you are ready and willing to listen, here are a few ideas you may want to keep in the back of your mind as that golden glow of fatherhood begins to take over your life. Because even in Texas, Dads need a little help.
Learn to Play
While you may think that this is something you have to wait to do with your kid, don’t hesitate to play with them right off the bat. Creating little games with them when they are babies are the basis for more complicated play as they grow older. It doesn’t hurt that we remind ourselves how to play along the way.
Give Yourself Break Time
Yes, being a Dad can be a full-time job at times. But you are going to find that you will have times when you are over tired and just plain cranky. Babies take up an enormous amount of energy from those around them, so give yourself credit and learn when it is time to step away and give yourself a break.
Kids have a multitude of problems as they grow, but just because you don’t understand what is happening isn’t a reason to panic. When in doubt, feel free to call your local doctor or as they grow older your nearby College Station dentist for advice. Teething is painful. Kids always will get into things. But as long as you keep your cool and use your lifelines with wisdom you and they will be fine.
Connect with Other Moms and Dads
In today’s modern age of the internet it is easier to find the local parenting group and connect with them for support. If you are a stay at home Dad, and more of us are popping up these days, then be sure to look to the local Moms group as a sounding board and emotional support group.
Babies are Portable
Most of all, don’t cut yourself off from the rest of the world just because you are now a Dad. You would be surprised how portable that new kid of yours is, and how much good it will do you to take them with you. Whether heading to the hardware store for a new sink fixture or heading to the park for a walk, you can strap them in and take them along quite easily these days. Plus, they are a wonderful way to meet your neighbors who will have no problem with stopping to say hi when they see the two of you.
Just the Start
So, there you have it, five ways that you as a Dad can not only learn to cope with this new situation but come to love it. I am sure that as you continue to thrive as a Dad you will find at least five more things we could add to this list. Being a Dad has to be one of the greatest gifts life can give you. Sharing the best ways to improve it is just a small way to give back.