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Husband is Scared of Our Newborn

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My husband is scared of our newborn!

Good grief! I cannot get him to hold the baby unless I go get her and bring her to him while he's sitting down first.

Giving a bath, dressing, or even changing a diaper? OUT of the question. He's afraid he’ll hurt her even when I've offered to show him how multiple times.

I want/need him to be a parent. If I wanted to be a single mom I could have been!

Sibling Rivalry: Toddler and Preschooler

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My son will be 4 years old in July. Over the last few weeks he has really become difficult to handle.

He fights me on almost all issues from what he is going to eat to what he wants to wear for the day. Usually I give him choices on things so that he doesn't feel powerless but it doesn't seem to matter. He seems to want to argue with everything I say these days.

Eighteen-Month-Old's Reaction to New Baby

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Hi Dr. Laura,
I have an adorable eighteen-month-old boy. A month ago I had my second little boy. My eighteen-month-old has always had the sweetest most easy going temperament. He was so fun loving and easy to take care of. After the baby was born he had no negative reactions.

Now, a month later, he has undergone a complete personality change. He is cranky most of the day and just spends a lot of time whining and crying.

Interestingly enough, he seems to like the baby. He likes to look at him and hold him.

Your New Baby

Your challenge? Learning everything about your baby when he was delivered without an owner's manual -- and as soon as you figure it out, he changes! Renegotiating your entire life. Here's a parent's gameplan.