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Father's Day 101: Making a New Father Feel like a Daddy

5 tips for making Pops feel like part of the crew.

2. Set him up to succeed.

When is El Baberino most content, usually? In the car seat? In the stroller, outside? Nestled in the Ergo? Whatever it is, let Daddy drive (or push, or wear).

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3. Remind him of what a good job he’s done so far.

I know, you have tons of time on your hands, what with this new baby and all her shocking proportions of laundry and such. But try to pick a few of your favorite pics of your two main squeezes together, and put together an album for your husband. If you use Instagram, you could even have adorable teeny books made here.

4. Get together with some other dads.

This is a controversial one. Certain male parents I know are so hungry for time with their little ones that they don’t much fancy an outer-familial intrusion. But think about how connecting with other moms, in person or online, has helped ease the strangeness of this new life stage for you. Dads, especially if they are working out of the house full time, are less likely to find other fathers to have that “I know, the same thing is happening to me!” moment that can save your sanity.

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5. Be sure to let him know how much you still love him, even in your new role as That Screaming Creature’s Chaperone.

I don’t mean to sound bitter, and I adore my husband, but this one is a heck of a lot harder than it sounds. There’s a reason why everyone says it: parenthood is hard on a couple. Reach out to your partner, expressing love in a way he will understand – whether it’s a heartfelt card, a thoughtful present, or even… making… French toast.

 

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