I remember how happy I would be when our son slept two nights in a row without waking up. I thought, finally we would get back to having a normal nights sleep. It seemed, just as I thought we had a "routine" established, I would find that the next night all would change.
Dad's at this time often hit the "exhaustion point." The unpredictability of the nights is usually the toughest. Not getting a continual night's sleep leaves many new fathers feel spent and fatigued.
Many new fathers comment on how wonderful and difficult that first month is. Your baby is still small and helpless but by the second month you may feel a difference as you hold him. He may seem to be more of a person.
Dear Mr. Dad,
My 6-month-old is getting into everything. I keep saying "No!" but he won't listen. What's the best way to discipline him?
To me, success means helping our children understand who they are, giving them opportunities to discover what interests them, and guiding and supporting their attempts to use their gifts to their fullest potential.
There are natural concerns about really saying what's on your mind, what's in your heart. Sometimes, it's appropriate to be careful, like with someone who's vulnerable, or to stay out of a rage, or if there is any whiff of possible partner abuse.
With all the fun of this holiday come a parent's worst fears -- too many sugary treats in your kid's possession and the arguments that ensue over this treasured trove. If you don't feel like to contributing to the neighborhood children's tooth decay, consider giving treats that are healthier.
As magical as the journey of parenthood is, it often begins with a period of feeling blue. Women's bodies are the scene of a powerful changing tide of hormones in the days and weeks after a baby is born.
In recent years, as parents have been appropriately not allowing their babies to sleep on their stomachs (to prevent SIDS), there has been a dramatic increase in misshapen heads. If a baby lies on her back awake and asleep, a flat head will often result.
The 13th chromosome contains blueprints that direct a baby's development in the early weeks following conception. When a child has an extra 13th chromosome, as is the case in Trisomy 13, the genetic messages are confused and contradictory. Even the mildest forms of this syndrome can be devastating.