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Missing Daddy: A Toddler's Perspective

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QUESTION

My daughter is 16 months old. My husband's been off work a few months and soon will be starting again. At times he may be away from home for two weeks at a time.

She is VERY attached to him. If she notices he is gone she has a melt down. Today he left for work before she woke up and it was just a rotten day. She pounded on the bedroom door, screamed...

Do you have any suggestions that might make her transition easier on everyone?

He Really Wanted a Boy

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QUESTION

This question deals with gender disappointment.

We just had our third girl. I knew during pregnancy that my husband really wanted a boy this time (as did I) but while I got over it, he still seems stuck on being disappointed.

Any ideas on how to help him move past this? He’s a great dad to our other two -- but this time just seems more disconnected.
Jackie

Husband Not Interested in Sex

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QUESTION

Since having our baby 2 months ago, my husband is reluctant to have sex. I was ready and willing soon after the birth but thought for sure after we received an official "all's clear" from the doctor at my 6 week appointment that he would be more enthused.

He talks a good game (flirting with me, etc.) but comes up with one excuse after another when we have time -- he's tired, the baby is going to wake soon, he's rushed (for work in the morning -- even though we’ve both woken early), we'll do it this weekend...

Pelvic Rest: Getting Your Partner on Board

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QUESTION

I'm 12 weeks pregnant and experiencing some complications. I've been put on pelvic rest. How do I get my husband to understand that it means nothing can enter? The rest is till 13-14 weeks so there are another 1 -2 weeks yet.

I don't really have the interest in sex right now either. How can I convey that so he understands?

Thanks,
Becki

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