It’s your first Father’s Day. How do you feel? Overwhelmed, exhausted, and joyful all wrapped up in one? That sounds about right.
Well, it’s time to receive your due honor. Thank you for the late nights you comfort and feed the little ones. Thank you for learning how to wash baby clothes and bottles. Thank you for making the last minute runs to the grocery store, whether morning, noon or night. Thank you for singing them lullabies in your own special way.
It isn’t just about the baby
But new dads – please take care of yourself. You may have noticed that you become more frustrated or irritable than normal. This is common. Be sure to take time for yourself and rely on the support of family and friends when necessary. If you begin to always feel out of control, don’t be afraid to seek help. About 1 in 10 new fathers experience Postpartum Depression. For the benefit of you and your family, there are resources to help!
Consider some of the following options
Call in to a free, live phone session through Postpartum Support International on the first Monday of every month-just for dads! The postpartum support expert will share resources and other relevant information pertaining to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The call- in number is 1-800-944-8766 and the participant code is 73162. The session begins at 8 p.m.
Visit your health care provider.
Visit the Psychology Today website to find a therapist that fits your needs best.
Thank you to all the wonderful dads out there
Thank you new dads everywhere for owning your role. All too often, your good deeds are overshadowed by those men who choose to shirk their responsibilities.
Thank you NICU dads for toiling at work by day and making the hospital your home at night. We know you don’t get much sleep, but your love for that precious little one in the incubator is what keeps you going.
Thank you dads of multiples for being a professional juggler. We don’t know what we’d do without you.
Thank you foster dads for giving an orphan child a loving home. They will never forget your affection.
Thank you adopting dads for loving a child as your own. You have changed the course of their life, and given them a new world.
Thank you dads of sweet angel babies. We know that you hold those children close in your heart.
You are our rock.
Happy Father’s Day.
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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!