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Why You're Going To Be A Great Dad

The prospect of being a first-time parent is both a joyous and a nerve-wracking experience. And quite often expectant moms can turn to their friends and family for much needed support, but what about the dads? With so much attention being given to the one actually carrying the baby, dads-to-be are often an afterthought. The parenting magazines, for the most part, ignore them. Society marginalizes them. And other, more experienced, dads often just shake their hand and say “good luck!” But don’t new dads need a little reassurance too? Just because a guy seems stoic and together doesn’t mean he’s not freaking out. Aren’t most new dads like ducks on a pond – all calm on the surface but flailing about where no one can see? I know I was. And I wish someone would have taken the time to take me aside and tell me all the things I needed to know, or at the very least put me at ease. Well, let me help you by answering the most common questions expectant dads have.

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7 Things Every New Dad Should Be Able to Do - Fatherhood for First Timers

There are a lot of different types of men in this world. There are good men and there are not so great men. There are men of merit and men and many men people would simply just like to forget ever existed. The question is what kind of man are you? And, more importantly, what kind of man would you like to be? This is an important question, especially for men who are about to become fathers for the first time. Are you grown up enough to be a dad? Well let’s see…

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The Most Terrifying Transition - Teachers Becoming Parents - A Dad Tells All (Guest Post)

A Guest Post by Mark McNulty (The New American Dad Blog)

“I always wanted to be a mother one day. But I think this job has changed my mind.”

I still remember the night I heard those words. It was late after school and I was enjoying another pseudo-therapy session with a fellow teacher. Sitting in our classrooms, venting about the tough year we were both enduring, trying to laugh about our woes. Except she was nearly crying, and she shared this confession with me. Sadly, it wasn’t the first time I had heard it. It is all too common, the young teacher learning to fear parenthood. Just the other day someone asked me why some teachers decide not to have children because of the job. It is not an easy question to answer, but I can try.

First and foremost, I have to state that I never entertained that feeling myself. Not for one minute. Even at my lowest moments, I never questioned my desire to be a Dad- not one day. That being said, I still completely understood her feelings. Teaching is one of those jobs that puts you in a precarious spot when you decide to become a parent. Are there certain advantages? Definitely. For every advantage, however, there is also a unique struggle teachers face as expectant parents. I absolutely felt them when my wife and I were working to start our family. Now, with our newborn daughter at home and me assuming stay-at-home Dad duty, I have been reflecting on them quite a bit.

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From Back to the Future (1985)The other day I asked a pretty straight-forward question on our Facebook page: “If you could go back in time and tell your Father one thing before he had kids, what would it be?” To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I was hoping people would be honest and say what was truly in their hearts, but I didn’t expect the rawness of the responses we received. But I’m thankful to our fans for opening up and sharing their stories with us, as maybe, just maybe, by reading some of the comments we got, we might get a few men to think long and hard before they even think about having kids, and put them on to a better path, for themselves and their unborn children- before it’s too late.

Our fans held nothing back. And they said exactly what was on their minds and in their hearts. And if this doesn’t give a few men a reason to pause and change their ways, nothing will. What do people wish they could go back in time to say to their dads? Lots!  Here are the top ten responses (in no particular order):

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