Tips for first-time ex­pect­ing dads

Sun Star Bacolod - - ‘Yuhom! -

No ma­te­rial thing in this world could make a man gen­uinely happy. His foun­tain of true joy, I guess, is the time when he will be called a fa­ther. I started learn­ing a lot of things when I knew I am go­ing to be one for the very first time. Now, I am go­ing to share just five of the many things to do for ‘first time dads’ from my own ex­pe­ri­ence.

1. PA­TIENCE. This should be first on the list since we will be need­ing buck­ets of it. We need to make sure that we are ready with so much pa­tience be­cause while our part­ner is preg­nant, their mood is con­stantly chang­ing.

2. BE WITH YOUR PART­NER. We need to be with our part­ner dur­ing their visit to their ob­ste­tri­cian-gy­ne­col­o­gist for pre­na­tal check-ups. This is nec­es­sary so we can also un­der­stand what our part­ner is go­ing through dur­ing their preg­nancy in the dif­fer­ent trimester stages.

3. SPOIL YOUR PART­NER. Dudes, do not worry be­cause we will not be called “un­der” with this. We just need to pro­vide our part­ner’s de­sire so that de­spite all the changes she is fac­ing, she can still en­joy her preg­nancy. Take note that out part­ner should not be stressed out.

4. PREPA­RA­TION. This is not just about emo­tional prepa­ra­tion but also fi­nan­cially. Three months be­fore la­bor, we need to pre­pare for the ba­sic needs for our child­like clothes and other essentials. More so on hospital bills.

5. KEEP YOUR COM­PO­SURE. Brother, re­lax. It may seem dif­fi­cult to have an obli­ga­tion now that we are be­com­ing fathers but as “Padre de Pam­ilya”, we need to dou­ble our ef­fort so that we can give our loved ones a happy life.

This stage is pre­cious and chal­leng­ing at the same time. The tri­als will only train us to be bet­ter per­sons and stronger to be able to stand for our grow­ing fam­ily. Let us just en­joy our father­hood in any way we can./suns­tar Philip­pines

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