A look at the fears and challenges of being a new dad.
As with moms, first time dads experience a range of emotions, from elation, to the fear that they won’t be adequate providers, or good parents. In fact, Armin Brott, author of The New Father says that often, new dads feel a sense of trepidation and anxiety on many levels.
“Their fear is that they’re never going to have their life back, or they already feel the walls closing in. Not everybody feels that way, but some people do. Their social circle is already starting to shrink, they’re not hanging out with their childless friends anymore, and they’re worried about not having enough time to develop or continue to develop the skills that they had, or the hobbies that they had, or the activities that they had. And they’re worried about the couple relationship changing.” Of course, there are many things new dads look forward to as well, including having fun with their kids. “One of the great benefits is that they get to be children again, they get to play and to do all sorts of things that they got to do as little kids and haven’t done for a long time.”
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