Like a lot of men I’ve always wanted to have a son, but when my wife and I found out we were expecting one earlier this year I was surprisingly nervous. The main reason was because my experience as a dad had so far been with girls. My wife and I had already brought two beautiful girls into the world, and I felt I had a good idea of how to raise them. Boys were a whole other thing, though, and that was scary.
Co-author of the parenting blog The Spohrs Are Multiplying, Mike Spohr is a father of three who lives in Southern California with his wife, Heather. He is also the Executive Director of Friends of Maddie, a charity started in honor of his late daughter Madeline, which supports the families of NICU babies. When not changing diapers or playing pretend, he loves baseball, movies, and strumming his guitar.
Recently my 1-year-old self paid a visit to the year 2013 (through science-fiction or something… just go with it) and he could not believe what life is like for babies today. “In my day we had to crawl uphill both ways in the snow!” he said, then crankily singled out the following 11 ways babies today have it too darn easy.
Living in Los Angeles I know a lot of babies and kids who model or act professionally, including twin girls who star on Grey’s Anatomy! Think your baby has what it takes? Here are twelve tips to know before you get your little one in front of the cameras!
Parents take so many photos in their baby’s first year that they often suffer from camera fatigue when it’s over. That’s a shame, though, because there is a treasure trove of equally amazing memories to be captured in year two. Here are twenty-one you won’t want to miss!
When my son, James, was born a neonatologist told us that the temperament he exhibited in his first few days was likely the one he’d have for life. That sounded farfetched to me, but I’ve since discovered you can learn a great deal about who your baby will become based on his or her first year. Want to see into your baby’s future? Here are ten things to lookout for.
My daughter, Annie, like a lot of toddlers, can be very fussy with food. Luckily for me I’ve learned a number of tricks that have gone a long way toward getting her to be a more adventurous eater. Have a fussy eater, too? Give these these ten tips a try!
It’s easy to feel like you aren’t very good at this parenting thing when you first have kids. Everywhere you look you see more experienced parents who appear to have it all figured out, while you haven’t even mastered a functional swaddling. And then there are the mistakes. Every day it seems you’re doing something wrong. How do these other parents do it?
There’s no sugar coating this one: having a baby creates challenges that can put a strain on even the strongest of relationships. The good news, though, is that a couple can not only survive, but thrive, by confronting these seven common problems.
A “rainbow baby” is a baby born after a family has experienced a miscarriage, still birth, or child loss. People tend to have a positive association with rainbow babies and feel happy and relieved for the parents. That’s an understandable reaction, especially since the birth of a rainbow baby is a joyous occasion, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. The parents of a rainbow baby also experience a lot of complicated and sad emotions that few people understand.
So, what’s the first date night after having a baby really like? Expect one (or more!) of these things to happen