Dads are Important, Too!

A few months ago, a book was released that emphasized the important role that dads have. It is possible that the book may have influenced some parents to take a moment and think about the importance of dads and whether society might need to update its idea of what dads can do. Let me begin by clearly stating that I think that both dads and moms are very important to their children. Each can have a very strong influence. Whether that influence is positive or negative depends largely on the individual choices each parent makes. A book called Do Fathers … Continue reading

Why Dad is Important in Weaning

You’ve made the decision to wean your baby. But weaning isn’t always easy to do. Dad can play a very important part in the process and help make the transition away from mother’s milk smooth and easy for both baby and mom. Here is how dad can help. Successful weaning can depend on two strategical techniques. One is distraction away from the breast and the other is substitution of other forms of emotional nourishment. Breast feeding provides both nutrition and emotional comfort. You need to address how you will handle both when you wean. Here is where dad can really … Continue reading

How Often are you Mad at Dad?

“I don’t need a husband… what I need is a wife.” How often have you heard your frustrated mom friends utter that doozy? Or, are you the one who constantly complains about your hubby’s lack of parental involvement? If so, you aren’t alone–far from it, in fact. According to a new study, nearly 52% of women report being angry with their husbands at least once a week. That number increases to more than 60% among moms with kids under the age of one. So why are moms so mad at dad? According to the survey: 44% of moms feel angry … Continue reading

Baby Blog Month in Review: August 2008

Isn’t it crazy the way babies grow so quickly? It seems that you just get used to one stage and boom they are already into another. Tonight, were busy getting the household all set for my eldest child’s first day of second grade. My two younger ones are excited and want to start school, too. It will be a busy month. Don’t worry about the missing last week of blogs. I’ve gotten quite a few questions about where I have been. The Baby Blog tends to go on hiatus the last week of the month. That may change in the … Continue reading

Mothers Determine How Well Father Takes Care of Baby

When it comes to how involved fathers are in caring for their infants, it seems that moms are the gatekeepers. According to a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology this past June, mothers play a critical role in determining how much and how well a father takes care of his infant. The study took a look at 97 families who had infants. After accessing numerous factors, such as what the parents believed about gender and paternal roles, the study found an interesting result. How much the mother encouraged the father to care for the infant was the single … Continue reading

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s day is just creeping up just around the corner. Our dad’s are special people and deserve a special gift for this day. It doesn’t matter if they are a dad, a step-dad or the father of your children, they need to be remembered. So what do you give that special man in your life? Here are a few ideas: Mini Gift Album – This is a can’t go wrong gift idea. Making a small album, perhaps commemorating their life as a father, is the perfect way to let them know you appreciate them. You could do a theme such … Continue reading

Greetings from the New Fatherhood Blogger

My name is Kevin Delp, and I’ve recently joined the ranks of bloggers here at families.com as the man responsible for the Fathers’ section. I’d like to take the opportunity to tell you a little about myself. I’m happily married to my college sweetheart and wife of eleven years, Valorie. Together we have managed to survive (so far… knock on wood) raising five children. I’ve certainly had some interesting “daddy adventures” in my brief career of being a father, and I’m not foolish enough (anymore) to think that I know or have seen it all as a dad. When I’m … Continue reading

Celebrity Baby Boom—Just In Time For Father’s Day

The following stars have extra reason to celebrate this Father’s Day—-the recent births of their new offspring. For some of these celebrities Sunday marks the first time they will experience Father’s Day as a dad. Basketball star LeBron James already has a namesake 2-year-old son, but this Father’s Day will likely be even more memorable since he has a new baby boy to celebrate it with. James’ girlfriend welcomed their second son, Bryce Maximus James, on Thursday. According to news reports, the 8 lb., 6 oz. baby was born at 12:51 a.m. in Ohio and his Cleveland Cavaliers father who … Continue reading

Single Moms and Sons

I raised both a son and daughter and fortunately, had a beautiful relationship with both. However, I noticed with many of my other single friends who had sons that the level of stress was different. I had always made a conscious effort to have my son and his father maintain a healthy relationship but many of these other sons never even saw their dads. It began to dawn on me that sometimes, single moms forget the importance of a good, male role model in their son’s life. I know that my son reached a point that he felt like the … Continue reading

The Men in Our Lives

As I stated in my earlier post The Women in Our Lives we also need the men in our lives. When it comes to a new baby in the family, what can be more needed in the life of that baby or in the life of that baby’s parents than the wisdom of older generations? In my family, we are blessed with the presence of my husband’s grandfather. At the age of 96, he provides a stable reminder of the previous century. He unites four generations and our babies universally adore him. Though he is slower than he once was … Continue reading