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Dad’s Are Not Babysitters

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I'll pick up the megaphone once again: We don't "babysit" our kids, we raise them. It's far to typical a response from men who haven't fully taken a hold of what being a father means. They are still trying to live a single life (or at least childless) life and passing off the day-to-day raising of the kids to their wife. Not only is this not fair to their wife, it's not fair to their kids! I hear it all time, "Sorry, I can't hang out tonight, I have to babysit the kids". How do we think it...

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Fatherhood Is A Joy, Not A Buzzkill

As I was going through my feeds this morning I ran across a video called "Daddy's Beer - Unexpected, but very exciting news!". The video is of a man finding out that he is going to become a father and is gaining views because of how he deals with the news: He's reaction is something we've all seen before and by itself isn't something I'd typically write about. What brought me to post this was how the same video was interpreted on the Cheezburger Network's Parenting feed: "This Guy is How Every Man ACTUALLY Feels When He's...

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A Cereal Changed My Life

We should all strive to respond as well as this dad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YmSEZ2TlzE You can see the thought process in his head, "I'm getting ready for a shift I don't want to work but have to and my son is out of bed when he should be sleeping". There is a moment of frustration, his kid jumps at the tone and replies with hesitancy explaining that he just wants to eat breakfast with him. Freeze frame. How many times do we lash out with frustration in this situation and send our kid back to bed? How many times do we...

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The Best Things About Being A Dad

Being a dad rocks. Ever since I was a little boy I dreamed of being a dad. I looked forward to the day when I could be there for my children and share with them some of the experiences I enjoyed while I was young. I wanted to take my sons fishing and dance with my daughters in the living room. I wanted to teach my sons how to protect and and respect the women around them and grow in my daughters a a love for who they are. Now as a dad of a 3...

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A Dad’s Role In Childbirth and Pregnancy

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Your job wasn't over at conception. With a new child on the way I always find myself watching the debate on childbirth unfold around me. Child birth can be amazing (as it was with our daughters birth) but it can also be emotionally destructive (as it was with out sons birth) depending on the outcome. The post-partum emotions can range from complete elation to regret and severe depression (and many more in between). There seems to be a fine line between PPD (Post-Partum Depression) and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and although it's primarily felt by the...

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