Irvine, CA (PressExposure) June 03, 2009 -- Todayâs economic realities create difficult circumstances. Many careers demand long working hours and a new baby adds to your financial requirements. Two income families may find they now have to rely on just one income which further puts a strain on the amount of time a working parent can spend with baby.
Bishop explains, âThe first three years of a childâs life are the most vital in shaping who s/he will become later in life. A parent will never have other opportunities like those when a child is an infant, so a working parent must make sure that s/he does spend time â even if it is just a couple of hours a week â alone with baby now.â
Many veteran dads have faced such circumstances. Bishop shares strategies from Crash Course for New Dads for when a working parentâs time is short:
Hardly home? Make the time you do have count as much as possible. Change those diapers. Set the tone that despite work obligations, you are here to be a player and be involved.
Play with your baby before you leave in the morning and just after you get home. It has been found that babies sleep longer when a parent plays with them at night.
Strive for solutions that enable you to spend time with your child. Be creative. Figure out how to work from home; even once a week is better than nothing.
Play a strong role in providing emotional support for your partner who is home with your baby most of the time. Call, email or text each other to ask how s/he is doing and get the update on juniorâs accomplishments of the day.
When home, spend time alone with your baby. Donât let your limited experience as a care giver interfere. Send your partner out with friends so you can enjoy some one-on-one time with baby.
Donât allow yourself to feel diminished because you canât spend lots of time with your new child. Your work and income is your familyâs lifeline.
Bishop continued, âFinding time to spend with baby is often an ongoing challenge for many working parents. Two-thirds of Boot Camp veteran dads reported that they would spend more time at home with their children if they were financially able to do so. Even though the time spent with your baby may be brief, it is well-spent and benefits both parent and child.â
Fatherhood Books Serve as a âPlay by Playâ Guides Greg Bishop offers strategies from more than 200,000 new dads that have gone through the Boot Camp for New Dads program in both of his books, Crash Course for New Dads: Tools, Checklists and Cheat Sheets and his first book, Hit the Ground Crawling, which covers work balance, being a dad, caring for a new mom and much more. Both books are available online at http://www.DadsAdventure.com.
New Dads Learn What to Expect at Boot Camp Workshops Dads-to-be will be better equipped to face the challenges and opportunities of fatherhood after attending a Boot Camp âhands onâ educational workshop. Men attend the class when they are expecting their first baby, and are joined in the workshop by âveteransâ who had previously attended and have returned with their two to four-month-old baby in tow. They are able to give the dads-to-be a realistic idea of what to do and what to expect when their first baby comes. For many men attending, itâs their first time holding a baby.
With more than 4.1 million births (National Center for Health Statistics), and approximately 1.5 million men becoming new dads every year, itâs more important than ever for fathers to realize that being a âgood providerâ is only part of the very central role they have in their childrenâs lives.
For more information about Boot Camp for New Dads, visit http://www.bcnd.org, or to visit Dads Adventure, go to http://www.Dadsadventure.com. To arrange an interview with Greg Bishop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, (781) 582-1061.