Many women find themselves scoping out pregnant celebrities while they are also expecting. The unique sense of connection with these Hollywood figures stems from them experiencing the same things at the same time. Famous dads-to-be are harder to spot, but more and more celebrity men are "coming out" to extol the exciting, life-altering, and amazing nature of fatherhood.
Our society is changing, giving men more of a voice to be honest and open about how fatherhood feels and how it is changing their lives. And as a result, dads in the spotlight are sharing their stories.
In a society where motherhood is revered and fatherhood is seen more as a supporting actor's role, it is fun to see male stars come out and freely state how fatherhood is affecting them. Brad Pitt has been quoted several times stating fatherhood is the greatest role in his life so far. Tiger Woods talks about changing diapers and getting less sleep. "It's an awakening," says Philip Seymour Hoffman, who reports that when you become a parent everything changes; you look at your own parents differently, and at your own childhood differently. "When you have a child, as anyone knows who has them, that's basically all you want to talk about," he adds.
Take a note from these Hollywood dads and make a point to share with your spouse how you feel and what you think about your impending fatherhood. She'll appreciate the insight! The more involved you become in the lives of your children, the more likely they are also to experience benefits from being involved.