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Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Handling Emotions

Kids imbibe different, yet complementary skills from their dads and moms. Moms are generally more emotional and dads are more detached. Mom’s influence has more to do with self-worth and the ability to form close, one-on-one relationships. Kids need to learn both, the expression of emotions as well as detachment from emotions. If a child gets hurt, he needs to express it so that the wound can receive the required attention.

In most situations, when a child is hurt, moms and dads respond differently. Moms tend to sympathize, feeling the hurt themselves. Dads tend to empathize and look for the best possible solution. Being overwhelmed by an emotion may sometimes paralyze a mom and prevent her from looking for an effective remedy. Dads’ method of handling emotions teaches kids that emotions are okay, but they need not be our masters. We can master our emotions. Life is a jungle and there are times when we will get hurt. It’s okay to be hurt. It’s okay to be emotionally affected upon being hurt. However, it’s not okay to let the emotions crush us and prevent us from taking the necessary steps to resolve the problem.



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Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Introduction

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Handling Emotions

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Inspiring Self-Confidence

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Handling Responsibility

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Disciplining Kids

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Having Fun

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Conclusion

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Introduction

Dads Are Important for the Integral Development
of Kids

Research has revealed that interactions with a father are as important as
interactions with a mother in a child’s integral development.

A father’s influence starts to be important from very early on. One study,
conducted in Germany, showed that dads who interacted with their kids in
sensitive, supportive, and challenging ways, starting from the age of two,
continued to have a good rapport with them through their teen years.

Dad is important to a baby’s social development 5, 10, and 20 years down the
line. Researchers found that kids less attached to their dads at age 5 were more
anxious, withdrawn, and less self-confident at age 9. This resulted in lower
acceptance by peers and made them less well adjusted at school.

Another study revealed that kids from families where dads work together with
children on household chores, proved to be better adjusted and more socially
aware. This provides a win-win situation for dads, moms, and kids. It might
interest sex-deprived dads that this same research also found that dads who did
more housework fared better in their sex lives with their wives.

How Are Dads Different from Moms?

In our culture, mom is looked upon as the expert in child rearing, because she
usually is the one to stay home with the baby and takes a more natural intense
interest in the baby due to her specific personal experience. Moms and
grandmothers often patronize fathers about their role (“isn’t that cute how he
tries to change the diaper”) or worse, criticize dads outright for their
approach to parenting. It’s very important for couples working as a team to
understand that yet again, Mars and Venus look at their roles as parents
differently. One is not better than the other. In fact, research has revealed
that kids develop more completely when the parenting styles of dads and moms
complement each other. It is important to understand that fathers parent
differently because dads don’t always think like moms.



Note: Navigate through the following links to read the entire article.



Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Introduction

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Handling Emotions

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Inspiring Self-Confidence

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Handling Responsibility

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Disciplining Kids

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Having Fun

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Conclusion

How to Enjoy Sex during Pregnancy

Sure, sex before pregnancy used to be a wild affair because all you could damage was the nightstand lamp during the most raging romp. However, pregnancy introduces other considerations. Once you have taken the required precautions, pregnancy sex can be equally enjoyable.

Questions that bother lovemaking couples during pregnancy are:

Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, unless your spouse’s doctor tells you otherwise, sexual intercourse is safe throughout the pregnancy. Click “Pregnancy Basics – Is it Safe to have Sex?” to learn more.

Can vigorous copulation damage the baby?

The amniotic fluid in the uterus and the mucous membrane in the cervix protect the baby. Therefore, even a larger penis cannot hurt the baby. However, if you put your weight on the mother’s stomach, in a missionary position, you can cause her discomfort.

How often can we have sex without danger?

You can have sex as often as you want. Of course, the mother may not welcome sexual intercourse during the first trimester due to morning sickness and other unwelcome pregnancy symptoms. However, you could have enjoyable sex after the fourth month to even the more advanced stages of pregnancy.

Use the Comments section below to share your tips, views, or experiences with other dads.

Top Five Tips for Dads on Balancing Life and Work

Most modern day dads and especially new dads would love to spend time with their kids. However, the work schedule usually prevents dads from balancing life and work. Time flies and before they know it, most dads find that their kids have already grown up. Their desire to make time for those magic years never materialized.

Balancing life and work is not easy. It continues to be a challenge to set apart quantity and quality time to spend with kids. Here is a brief list of tips that might help. Please add your own tips in the comments box at the end.


1. Create a Priority List

Type or write down your list of regular tasks and set priorities. If spending time with your kids is one of your priorities, list it. Writing down your priorities and goals, if not overdone, has a magical ability to turn thoughts into actions.

2. Create a List of the Less Important Activities

Do you spend time reading the newspaper cover to cover? Do you spend time aimlessly surfing TV channels? List these and other less important activities here. You can fit in only a certain number of activities in a 24-hour schedule. You will need to say “No” to some activities that you normally do without thinking. Though it may be difficult, it is important to learn to say “No.” You need to prioritize things that matter the most and say “No” to the things that matter the least.

3. Ensure Your Workplace is Family Friendly

Workplaces need to recognize that their employees are real people with real needs—that they are “humans” or “persons” and not just “human resources” or “personnel.” Learn how to identify and select an organization which will be friendly to your family commitments.

4. Eat Together

Make sure your family eats at least one meal a day together. It may not always work, but you need to at least set a schedule. Experiment with different methods for making a mealtime together work for your family. Eating together creates one opportunity for all family members to voice an opinion and understand what’s going on.

5. Start Having Family Night

Set aside one night a week to be together—no TV, interruptions, no excuses. Get everyone to modify their work schedules, set aside other demands, and spent the evening together. Try activities such as working together in the yard, being involved in community service projects, or visiting relatives together. Alternatively, try fun activities like hiking, playing board games, going on a picnic, or a party games night.

These five measures alone may not balance to your life and work. However, they can be a great start to help you find more ways to bring complete harmony into your life and work.

Use the Comments section below to share your tips, views, or experiences with other dads.

Top Three Advantages of Working from Home – for Individuals

There are several advantages to working from home or telecommuting. Here is a list of the top three advantages:

1. Freedom from Workplace Stress

When a group works in the same physical space, the organization needs rules to ensure a smooth work flow. Consequently, some individuals may have to strain themselves to fit in. Companies cannot accommodate individual differences in work styles. When individuals cannot fit in, it leads to workplace related stress. Workplace stress is also related to relationship problems with coworkers or with the boss. It can be stressful to have your boss constantly peering over your shoulders. While working from home may not free a person from the stress of deadlines, it at least frees him from the prying eyes of his boss.

2. Flexibility

Working from home gives you the increased flexibility to balance work schedules with family priorities. It is not just about having to care for the kids—it’s about spending quality time with ones family.

People have their peak hours when they can work most efficiently. Working flexible hours from home allows individuals to work only at their peak hours, thus producing quality output in the least time.

Thirdly, a flexible work schedule allows people to work at different time zones and to take on a greater variety of international work. For example, living in the US, you could work late at night as an online English tutor for a person living in the East.

3. Economics

Working from home can save costs on transportation, parking, food, clothing, and childcare.

Use the Comments section below to share your tips, views, or experiences with other dads.