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Getting Daddy to Help Out More at Home

A father’s effort is as essential as a mother’s when it comes to taking care of a child. But how can we encourage the dads to be of more help for the moms inside the home? Here are some things every mom should know about.
 
During Pregnancy
Ever heard of the statement “We’re pregnant”? While some wives don’t want their husbands saying this because they aren’t exactly the ones who experience the nausea, back pains, heartburn, and many other pregnancy discomforts, the truth is that this statement may actually be helpful for you and your husband. After all, he is the one beside you who can see all of these discomforts, and he often suffers from the consequences of it — our mood swings and urgent cravings.
So give the hubbies a break and invite them to join your pregnancy world. Involve him in everything. From the first check-up, down to choosing what kind of crib, strollers and other stuff you would need. Explain it to him thoroughly, have your OB explain it to him in English-human-form. Believe me, your husband is as excited as you are to welcome your new pair of chubby cheeks. At the same time you feel nervous on how you will raise a human mind, he also feels the same way.
Don’t forget to reassure him that he will be a great Father to your child. This will definitely give him an incentive to go further than he did before when it comes to making efforts. Men loves reassurance just as us, women.
 
After Birth
If pregnancy was hard, then here comes another record breaking for the word “hard”. But just as you have survived pregnancy, you too will survive the After Birth stage. This time would really mean and need both your efforts as parents. Have a schedule where both of you can still function fully.
If you’ve become a mom for the first time, then both of you are experiencing all of this for the first time, so this simply means that a lot grace from each other are required. Don’t despise your husband just because he forgot to put baby powder on your baby’s butt cheeks before he put the diaper.
During this stage, it is very important to be very specific to your husband. Have a written instruction in the nursery room if you have to, if you’re a bit of a control patrol to make sure that what he does is as close as possible to what you normally do. But make sure that after everything that your hubby has done, make sure to commend him and to thank him. It will never hurt for you to appreciate his efforts. There are some guys who are natural at this, also there are some who are the opposite. Don’t forget that men have the capacity of being a parent just the same as a woman.
 
Growing Years
This would seem a bit easier for both of you since you’ve got this routine going on. Just like during pregnancy that you have involved your husband in everything, do the same as your kid grows up. Include your husband in everything, though this time he probably wouldn’t need an OB to explain it to him.
 
References:
http://www.parentingweekly.com/parenting_information/getting_father_to_help_more_with_baby.htm

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