Many of the expecting or new parents think parenthood revolves mostly around the mother and that the father gets involved only when it is required. But the fact is that both the mother and the baby need the father’s complete involvement during every stage of the child’s up bringing.
Father’s interaction with their child is complementary to that of the mother’s as they bring in emotional security in their child, encourage independence and risk-taking in them, are great to play with and enforce discipline better.
Here are a few tips to be a better “Involved Father” in your journey of parenthood:
Tip # 1: Bond with your child – Spending quality time with your baby is the most important thing to do for bonding with your child. Take time to talk to your child every day to know their thoughts and feelings. Read a bedtime story or rock your baby to sleep if (s)he is an infant. Show your love and affection by hugging and kissing them. Take every opportunity to eat together or feed your baby if (s)he is an infant, play with them and have fun.
Tip # 2: Walk the Talk – Your child learns from you and you are his/her role model from day one. The best way to teach your child is by doing it everyday. If you want your child to be respectful, treat him/her and others with respect. If you want your kid to accept his/her mistake, be the first to apologize if you make a mistake.
Tip # 3: Share the responsibility – Just like your baby, your wife too needs time and affection. Enrich your relationship by sharing the responsibilities. Offer to do the Nappy change, feed the child when she wants to take a break at night, put your baby to sleep or surprise her by making her a meal. A happy and love filled family naturally adds to your child’s emotional and physical well being.