The other day we ran a workshop at the Parents Centre conference on the importance of invovled dads. We got some great feedback from mums about things they said (or did) that made a real difference to their partners' fathering experience. So here's the list of 5 awesome things mums can do or say to boost their partners' confidence about being an involved dad:
* say "I don't know what to do" - mums don't always magically know just what to do with a newborn baby ... but it makes all the difference to admit that sometimes
* bite your tongue every now and then - dads will work things out, they always don't need to be told what to do
* trust dad to be alone with the little one for a day (don't leave elaborate lists and instructions behind)
* accept that dads will do things differently - that doesn't mean their way of doing it is wrong
* keep it light - humour is a great way to overcome the stresses of parenthood
Thanks to everyone who participated in the workshop and shared their stories and experiences!
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