When you have a new baby coming, another thing to think about is adding "finding the right babysitter" to the checklist.
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!
Your partner is freaking out about the pregnancy! Since during the first trimester he's not going to be able to see any real evidence that a baby actually exists, it's likely to be about intangible things. Here's a list of common concerns for first time dads during the first trimester.
Research shows 10 percent of all couples break up during pregnancy and 30 percent break up in the first two years of parenthood. The good news is you don't have to be part of these statistics!
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.
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.
Hi Dr. Laura,
I am expecting a new baby. We have a 5-year-old who is excited about the pregnancy and we can deal with her. Our two-year-old already gets jealous of her sister when she gets too much attention. What do we do?
It's been said that having a baby is like throwing a hand grenade into a marriage. A hand grenade? Why the violent metaphor for such a precious, peaceful little thing? They're so beautiful. They're so lovable. How can anyone defame such a cutie?
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.
If you are expecting a baby and already have one or more children, it's wise to solve their sleep problems before the new baby arrives. Remember, a newborn typically awakens every three to four hours or more often...