It seemed crazy to me that they just let us walk out of the hospital, new parents with our first baby, without at least having passed some sort of exam first.
What kind of Dad are you going to be?
The truth is, the baby isn’t the only thing that’s brought to life on that magical day that you’ve waited for more or less patiently for 9 months. Two other people are born at the same time: a Mum and a Dad, and you’ve got to figure out who they are, too.
When you’re expecting a baby, and when you’ve just had one, everyone loves to give you advice.
You’re going to get advice from everywhere. And then you’re going to actively seek advice, too, because you want to be a successful parent. And some of that advice will be useless, and some of it will be annoying, and a lot of it will be unsolicited and worst of all, by the time you get close to the due date, at some point almost all of the advice you’ve received will have been contradicted by some other piece of advice – and this is especially true if you dare to seek advice on the internet.
So, obviously, I’m going to give you some advice.
Welcome to Dadism – an incomplete collection of mistakes made and lessons learned by a first time Dad.
You get 9 months to prepare for the birth of your child – but it turns out you don’t get so much as a second to prepare for any of the unexpected challenges that follow.