In generations past, we tended to think of fathers as the support act in parenting. Sure he was important but hey, the real job of raising the children was up to the mother wasn’t it? Fortunately, that view has been long been replaced with a far greater appreciation of the role dads play. And to celebrate the different ways they care for their children in comparison with mothers.
As a mother of two, I’m well versed in the process of “getting back into the swing of things” after having a baby. And I’ll be honest with you, it can definitely be exhausting at times. Trying to get back into your normal routine and restart everything with a newborn is a big process and can be very difficult, especially if your baby isn’t a good sleeper. It’s so important to make sure you’re looking after yourself, but it’s definitely hard to do this with an infant.
Most people have heard about postnatal depression, but did you know that Dad’s get depression too? It’s called ‘paternal depression’ and it’s a common experience for men.
Up to 1 in 10 Dads will experience it either during the pregnancy or after baby arrives.
It’s important to recognise that feeling anxious, sad or overwhelmed at times is a co...