Sunday, June 15, 2008

Boot Camp

I recently discovered an organization called Boot Camp for New Dads. It's a three hour class that introduces men to the joys of fatherhood and how to take care of a baby in their own way. They have classes all around the country and sounds like it's well worth the twenty-five bucks.

I can't vouch for the organization personally, but the principle I endorse. I've complained before about the lack of support for dads, and we men are wired differently than women so trying to imitate the mom is just going to lead to frustration. The best part of the class, though, is just giving men confidence. Ninety percent of good parenting is following your instincts, so the best thing for a dad-to-be is watching other fathers in action and realizing that it ain't rocket science.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Mama on the brain

It's one thing to refer to your wife as "Mama" when around the kid, but you know it's bad when you start using the word to refer to her in your own head. Or even worse, to other people.