Many new dads often wonder how to be a good father; more specifically, what activities they need to do with their toddlers to build a strong bond with them. While it’s incredibly important to take special care of your child, it is just as crucial to take care of yourself.
Being a good dad goes beyond father-baby activities and spoiling your little one. It is about you being healthy so you can be a good role model and a better protector of your child altogether. Here are several things to look out for.
Don’t Let Stress Get the Better of You
Managing work and juggling between the responsibilities of raising a toddler, fulfilling social obligations, and stealing time for yourself can bring a lot of stress your way. There isn’t a single solution that works for everyone, BUT popular options include exercising, morning meditation, counting till 10 (don’t roll your eyes at this), fishing, and communicating with your partner. Just find whatever works best for you, and make time to practice it.
Be a Fit Dad and Control Your Weight
Back when you were single and childless, you probably paid more attention to your looks and, respectively, weight. Many dads gain weight during the pregnancy of their partner but just as they lose the “baby weight,” so should you. Once the baby arrives, you need to be as mobile, active, and quick as you can. It is good for your health and your ability to take the best care possible of your angel.
Don’t Skip on Regular Checkups
Most attentive parents are super quick to react when there is something wrong with their kids. A single cough is often enough to make them seek a doctor. Don’t forget, it’s not just the little ones that need medical treatment when they aren’t feeling well. Dad or not, you need that, too.