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  • 1. Take time to reflect becoming (being) a father is affecting you.
  • 2. Hold, rock, and talk to your newborn right from birth.
  • 3. Learn how to change, naps, give baths, feed and be a part of daily life.
  • 4. Consider what career compromises you are willing to make that gives time to your child.
  • 5. Take what you like about your father (other influential men) to create your own “dad identity”.

10 Reasons WHY you matter:

  • 1. You, too, can tuck in, teach how to ride a bike, assist with dating.
  • 2. Your genes assist in making that puzzle- YOUR CHILD!
  • 3. Your partner needs you in child rearing, as a sounding board, as head of the household!
  • 4. You’ll help raise brainy, socially oriented children.
  • 5. Father-child closeness is a crucial in mental health stability awareness. You are their Guide.
  • 6. Successful adults, particularly women, tend to have fathers that respect(d) and encourage(d) them.
  • 7. Do well as a father, when it’s your child’s time they will do well as a parent.
  • 8. Father’s positive presence assists children from serving jail time.
  • 9. Father’s positive involvement in a daughter’s life helps her to be happier later. You are the blue print she uses in a committed relationship.
  • 10. Father’s presence helps their child’s self- esteem elevate, friendliness shown, and having trust of others.

Suggested readings:

Dad, I Want to Hear Your Story by Jeffrey Mason

Dear Black Dads: wisdom for your journey to fatherhood by Jamal J. Myrick, Ed.D.

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 secrets every Father should know by Meg Meeker, M.D.

What all Dads should know by Dr. Jeffrey Shears and Dr. Clarence Shuler

Better Dads, Stronger Sons by Rick Johnson

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty

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