3 Quick Tips for new Dads or Dads to be: Friday's Focus on Fatherhood

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We learn 3 quick tips for new Dads and Dads to be in this edition of "Friday's Focus on Fatherhood".

Our guest panelist is John Gordon, Director of Fatherhood and Program Education for Youth and Family Services in Rapid City.

"One of the most important things for new fathers or expecting fathers is to obviously be prepared for this new baby in the world, may involve painting the baby's room," he says.

"However to be very supportive of this pregnancy with the mother. The mother's going to be going through a lot of emotional changes and she's going to be needing extra care at the Doctor's office, to be there, to be supportive, to love her," Gordon says.

He continues "Now as that baby comes into the world, we want to make sure it is nurtured to the highest level.
A lot of that bonding with the child occurs in that 1st year of it's life so we really want to held them, rock them, kiss them, bathe them, do all those very important things the baby needs."

"And as the baby cries we have to find different ways to understand why they're crying.
Are they wet? Are they hungry? Are they tired? Are they sick?," Gordon says.

He goes on to say, "So we really working with new fathers and telling them those things. If the baby's been fed, if the baby's not wet, if the baby is not has a temperature, maybe the baby's just tired and needs to cry a little bit."

If you're a father with a question you'd like us to address sometime, please call or e-mail us to let us know.
And we'll have another quick segment for dad's next Friday night.