What does it mean to be a father?
In today’s ever-changing world, it feels like an increasingly complex role. If you feel like you need a helping hand, check out our parenthood tips below!
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The presence of family can be a reassuring comfort blanket for children. By engaging not only in caregiving, but also in play and education, we can do what’s best for our little ones.
Whether by cooking together, reading together as a family, or creating unforgettable memories on trips and outings, there are countless ways to strengthen father-child bonds.
How to be the father your child needs
Fathers can engage in all activities and moments in a child's young life. It’s important to remember that not just about “helping” mothers — being a father is about parenting together! Whether that be in household chores, daily routines, or taking care of the children.
While there is no "manual" for fatherhood, a present father is a father who understands that interaction is the best way to build bonds and create a relationship of trust and love.
Support mothers throughout pregnancy
During pregnancy, it’s essential to support mothers-to-be in the face of their fears and uncertainties.
Learning more about the stages of pregnancy, accompanying prospective mothers to medical appointments, and asking questions shows the commitment and solidarity that is vital for making pregnancy as smooth as possible.
Learn to care for a little one
When it comes to babies, there’s so much to get used to that it can be overwhelming. How do you bathe your little one correctly? How do you change nappies? The list of questions can appear endless. We recommend exploring a parenting course that teaches these skills. They do exist, and can be especially handy in the first days of a newborn baby's life!
Although breastfeeding inherently depends on the mother, it shouldn’t be solely their responsibility.
It’s worth mentioning that, for some mothers, breastfeeding can be full of challenges. Focus on alleviating their stress by paying attention to their needs. Wherever possible, take on extra chores and show them that you are in this together.
Take care of both physical and mental health
Pay close attention to your little one's behaviour and health. Participate in routine check-ups, encourage sports, a healthy diet, and good habits from the off. And if you can participate in all these moments, even better! That way, you can lead by example.
This doesn’t mean being a superman. Don’t be afraid to show your feelings in front of your children. Emotions are not signs of weakness! Empathy is built by showing your vulnerability, day by day. Moreover, it’s essential to teach little ones how to deal with their emotions and talk about mental health openly.
Play, care, and dedicate quality time
Time is the most precious gift you can give to your child! Playing, paying attention, and talking to your little one will strengthen your relationship.
There’s a wonderful way to create unforgettable moments with your child — arts and crafts! Engaging in creative projects together not only fosters quality time but also allows both parents and children to unleash their imagination and work collaboratively on exciting creations.
Arts and crafts offer a fantastic opportunity to bond, learn, and have fun simultaneously. Whether you're painting, drawing, making handmade cards, or creating DIY projects, these activities encourage creativity, problem-solving, and self-expression.
So, gather some art supplies, explore your artistic side, and embark on crafty adventures with your child. You'll not only create beautiful masterpieces but also lasting memories that both you and your little one will cherish for years to come. Enjoy this special time together!
The Sandbox Team, in collaboration with toucanBox