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Where Do I Start?

by Armin Brott Dear Mr. Dad: My wife just had our first child. I’m insanely happy and I want to get more involved but I’ve never been around babies before and have absolutely no idea what I’m supposed to do with him. What do you suggest? Armin answers: Although it may be tempting to just […]

What Childbirth Classes Don’t Teach

by Armin Brott Dear Mr. Dad. I’m taking a childbirth class with my wife but it really seems geared toward the perfect birth. I know they can’t cover every single unexpected thing that could happen, but how can we prepare for contingencies? Armin answers: As important as childbirth education classes are, there are a few […]

Two Year Old Tantrums

by Armin Brott Dear Mr. Dad: My two-year-old son has started having temper tantrums. The ones that happen at home are no fun, but the ones that happen in public places—like the supermarket—are downright embarrassing. Is there anything I can do about this problem? Armin answers: Temper tantrums are most common among two and three-year-olds, […]

The Father-Child Connection

by Armin Brott Dear Mr. Dad: A close friend of mine wants to have a baby but she has no interest in being in a relationship with a man. I’ve been telling her that her baby will be a lot better off with a father around but she says dads don’t bond with kids and […]

Supporting Mom When She Returns to Work

by Armin Brott Dear Mr. Dad: We have a three-month old baby. My wife really doesn’t want to go back to work so soon, but the sad fact is that we can’t get along without her salary. She’s really unhappy about having to leave the baby. Is there anything I can do to help her […]

Sleeping Arrangements

by Armin Brott As hard as it may be to imagine, there exists a rather basic parenting issue that regularly generates even more controversy than circumcision or the disposable-versus-cloth diapers-debate: whether or not to have your child sleep in the same bed as you and your partner. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on where you stand […]

Preparing for a Second Child

by Armin Brott For a lot of couples, the question about whether to have another child isn’t really a question, it’s a given. For others, though, the issue is more complicated. And most of the problems have to do with exactly what you’re going through in your home: one spouse wants a second (or third) […]

Increasing Competence

by Armin Brott Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a new father. I haven’t had much experience with infants and I want to be involved in my daughter’s care, but every time I try to pick her up, she starts to fret. How can I feel more competent? Armin answers: Few things can make a man feel […]

Imaginary Friends: Should You Be Concerned

by Armin Brott Young children often have imaginary friends. Sometimes they’re human, other times they’re animals, like the life-size rabbit in the old Jimmy Stewart movie, “Harvey.” Sometimes the imaginary friend is an occasional visitor, stopping by only once every few days. But other times it may be a child’s constant companion. Children may talk […]

Excluded by the O.B.

by Armin Brott Dear MrDad: I’m really excited about my wife’s pregnancy and started to go to the doctor’s appointments with her. But the doctor basically ignores me or gives me a silly looking smile. I want to stay involved but I’m getting really angry. Is there anything else I can do? Armin answers: For […]

Eight Things Women Can Do To Get Fathers More Involved

by Armin Brott About 90 percent of couple’s experiences an increase in stress after their children are born. And the number one stressor, by far, is the division of labor in the home. Unfortunately, even the most egalitarian couples tend to slip into traditional roles, which mean that you’ll probably end up doing more of […]

Daddy Stress

by Armin Brott Dear Mr. Dad: My son was born four months ago, and things are starting to settle down. But every time I sit down to do some extra work on the computer, I feel guilty about leaving my wife to take care of him since she’s with him all day long. I try […]

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