As a dad, you want to protect your daughter, especially from boys with super-charged hormones! Just the thought of it makes you break out into a cold sweat. Interviewing Your Daughter's Date will walk you through 8 principles that Dennis Rainey used to help his own daughters navigate through the dating years, with their emotions calm, their heart whole, and their character intact. You'll learn how to protect your daughter, set boundaries in her relationships, and give her guidance as she grows up. (Author abstract)
It is pretty unlikely that you can see anything positive about the unhappy state you are in. But there is actually one very positive aspect to the situation. You and your children are on a new adventure together. Properly handled, it will change your relationships to become more positively bonded at a deeper level. In divorce you can have an even better relationship with your children than the one you had in your marriage. This is a fact that's well worth remembering and pursuing.No, it's not going to be easy in the early stages, but it will get better. Written by a divorced dad for divorced…
This chapter examines differences in father involvement among fathers who are living with a child and the child's mother. Using qualitative interview data with fifty-seven couples, the author looks at fathering in the first year after birth to see how fathers in happy and unhappy relationships-- some married, others cohabiting-- differ in level of father involvement. (Author abstract modified)
This 'parenting relationship' book is based on the authors' experiences in leading more than 2,000 workshops with new and expectant dads to discuss parenting in a non-threatening environment. In it Hogan Hilling and Jesse Jayne Rutherford offer thoughtful insights into what makes dads behave the way they do. "The Modern Mom's Guide to Dads" draws on what Hilling has learned from working with dads and moms for more than fifteen years. He explains to modern moms what their husbands are really thinking about pregnancy, parenting, and marriage, and he teaches them how to get their husbands more…
Starting a conversation with another parent can sometimes be a little intimidating. Dads can feel a little awkward in starting or carrying on a parenting conversation, particularly if they don't know the other person in that conversation well (or at all). This fact sheet offers tips on connecting with other parents including finding other dads with similar interests, the best ways to initiate contact, as well as what kinds of conversations to have with women with children. (Author abstract modified)
The topic of marriage and fathering is explored in this chapter and new insights on marriage from recent research findings are shared. A set of principles is outlined for establishing healthy marital relationships that also support active and caring father involvement. The principles include: commit, grow, understand, nurture, solve, and serve. Recommended practices are provided for each dimension. 1 table and 32 references.
This chapter explores the impact fathers and father figures have on children's lives through their sacrifice and care. It discusses examples of sacrifice by fathers for children during daily routines or times of hardship, and considers fathers' nurturing abilities and the impact of fathers' nurturance on children. Key characteristics of fathers' love are explained, including focusing on the child and his or her well-being, accepting the child, sharing life, and enduring in their efforts. 40 references.
You're overjoyed to be a father, and that's putting it mildly. So why are you also feeling emotionally spent - After all that buildup, all the planning and spending and drama, your child has been born?and you feel not only run-down (that's the sleep deprivation) but also a tiny bit letdown. Welcome to the Postpartum Dads Club, when you suddenly realize why the word postpartum is so often followed by depression. Not everyone experiences the so-called baby blues, but expect a profusion of emotions that can last from a few weeks to a year - in both of you (fortunately usually only one of you…
Being a successful divorced dad--that is maintaining a good relationship with the children despite being divorced from their mother--is an extra burden for dads to bear. What can you do to have a greater probability of success in this situation? This fact sheet offers divorced dads suggestions for fostering positive father-child relationships. (Author abstract, modified)
Many divorced fathers are faced with the reality of visitation- an often negotiated, mediated and all too brief time they are able to spend with their children. In many cases, visitation is very limited, compared to the relationship dads used to be able to enjoy, so it's absolutely crucial that dads make this visitation time the best possible experience for their children and themselves. This fact sheet suggests a few ideas for making the most of your visitation. (Author abstract, modified)