Parenting is insanely hard, and it can be intensely isolating. When my husband and I decided the he should leave his traveling job shortly after I went back to work full-time, I don’t think he anticipated the isolation he’d feel. As much as I knew, I wasn’t much help there either. I’m a natural loner and enjoy being by myself quite a bit. So, it never really bothered me too much. My husband had to spend a lot of time searching for fulfillment in his new role. On my end, I used a few different strategies over the years to encourage him and help him be a better dad.
A happier dad.
Encouragement and Affirmations
Sometimes all it takes to make someone’s day better is to tell them they’re doing a good job. As a former stay at home mom, I know all too well how incredibly difficult it can be. I try to offer my husband encouragement throughout his day, and I like to think it helps him to be a better dad.
I also purchased a Rad Dad Box for him for a few months last year. He was at a really low point and struggling with a lot of personal issues. He didn’t think he could be a better dad—he didn’t even think he was a good dad. Rad Dad Box was amazing for him. Not only did he open a special box just for him, but it was filled with the positive message that he was doing a good job.
There was even a special treat inside just for him.
Connecting with a tiny human whose primary functions are to eat, sleep, and cry is difficult. The frustration a baby feels at not being fed at the exact moment they decide they’re hungry can easily feel like a small parenting failure. Rad Dad Box made connection just a little bit easier.
Without having to get to the bookstore or travel through the toy aisle with 3 kids in tow, a box arrives every month filled with just those connective activities. There are even ideas and tips to make spending time with your baby even better.
It’s funny how something so seemingly small, a subscription box for Dad and baby, could have such a positive impact on our lives. But helping to foster connection between the two of them really helped my husband to be a better dad.
The entire purpose of Rad Dad Box is to encourage bonding between Dad and baby. While our older children have an established relationship with their dad, babies can seem to take, take, take. It can feel very thankless. By including activities and guides in each box, Rad Dad Box gave my husband some direction on how he could nurture their bond. It provided that reinforcement that he needed, and our youngest went from his baby to his buddy.
I could tell him how well he was doing all I wanted, but there’s always an assumption of bias there. He never truly believes me, I think. However, when he could see for himself the positive effect his time was having on the baby, it clicked for him.
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