Dads Adventure Blog

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A Case of Shaken Father Syndrome

A month before my son AP was born, I took a three hour workshop offered through the county’s fatherhood initiative called Boot Camp for New Dads.” The class consisted of a facilitator and several veteran dads, available to field questions.

Toward the end of the session, the well-caffeinated

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Posted by Autumn on 05/08 at 07:49 AM

Monday, May 02, 2011

Checklist to Prepare for Becoming a Dad

Moms-to-be instinctively reach out to experienced moms and have no shortage of resources to help them get ready to be mothers. But dads-to-be are generally left to figure things out on their own. To better prepare you for what lies ahead, here are some tips from new fathers to help you “hit the

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Posted by Autumn on 05/02 at 09:56 AM

Monday, April 11, 2011

How Dads Can Help With Breastfeeding

Would it surprise you to know that the single most important factor in a new mom’s success with breastfeeding is the support she gets from her husband/partner? Dads-to-be are usually surprised to hear that they have this impact, and are all ears on how they can help the process. Here's some

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Posted by Autumn on 04/11 at 08:44 AM

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Moms Can Be the Biggest Challenge

Most men come to Boot Camp for New Dads because their wife/partner has signed them up, but are pleasantly surprised to find that they really get a lot out of the workshop.

The biggest surprise? That babies don’t take that long to figure out, but new moms can throw them for a loop!

Boot Camp is

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Posted by Autumn on 03/29 at 11:36 AM

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

7 Goals for your First 3 Months as a Father

If you like to set goals in order to measure accomplishments, then start with these seven milestones for your first three months as a father.  If you’re an overachiever, you can always speed up the timetable or add more milestones:

  1. Get hands-on involved with your baby from the very beginning
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Posted by Jon Bishop on 12/08 at 01:45 PM

Monday, June 15, 2009

3 Things Guys Should Know about Babies

From the veterans of Daddy Boot Camp:

Babies Don’t Break
They seem fragile and delicate, as if they might break if you don’t hold them the right way.  Actually, it is their surprising strength that can get them into trouble, when they suddenly roll over near the edge of a bed or push off a

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 11:44 AM

Partnering with Mom When Not Together

As Head Coach of Boot Camp for New Dads, I get all kinds of questions from the dads-to-be (rookies) that come through our program. One question I’ve been getting more often lately goes something like “how does one deal with the mother of their child if they don’t have plans to be together once

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 11:42 AM

Advice for Friends Who Say “Your Fun is Over”

Your friend is either engaging in natural hazing of new dads when he suggests your days of fun are over, or he may be a close buddy worried that “our” days of fun are over, or a dad who is thinking misery loves company because he not only found himself stuck at home with his baby, he never

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 11:39 AM

Nominations for Dad’s Hall of Fun

This is the start of what will be an ongoing series showcasing dads who take their job of having fun with their kids very seriously.  It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.


Billy Power’s boys got it going, then he pitched in, the neighbors joined up and the result was

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 11:37 AM

Earning Your Baby Spurs

It used to be okay for a father to say that he found his baby boring and would wait until he could throw a ball to get involved with him. Not anymore. To help you make sure you measure up as a father, we have outlined bottom line standards for you during your baby’s first three months:

  1. Get
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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 11:32 AM

Mommy Vortex: Lesson 3

In our final installment of the Mommy Vortex series, we discuss lesson 3: Dig In & Carve Out Some Turf For Dad. If you missed the Mommy Vortex: Lessons 1 and Lesson 2, be sure to take a look.

Lesson 3: Dig In & Carve Out Some Turf For Dad

With no countervailing force, dads-to-be are generally

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 11:19 AM

Mommy Vortex: Lesson 2

Last week we introduced what we call “The Mommy Vortex”, the “tornado-like whirlwind that sucks moms-to-be up into the world of Babyland”. Part of that last blog post was lesson 1 on The Mommy Vortex. Here’s Lesson 2:

Lesson 2: Hold On To Her By The Ankles

For moms-to-be, not letting go of a big

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 11:17 AM

The Mommy Vortex: Lesson 1

The Mommy Vortex describes the tornado-like whirlwind that sucks moms-to-be up into the world of Babyland, in contrast to the dust devil swirling around dads-to-be. An essential lesson for dads-to-be that we’ve learned from experience is:

Lesson 1: She Will Get Way Out In Front Of You

Seeing the

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 11:15 AM

Rookies: More New Ideas from the Guys

Whenever I coach or visit a Boot Camp workshop, I always hear a new comment that I feel all new dads should hear. A few more from Denver, CO and Mission Viejo, CA for rookie dads-to-be:

  • Wear a Long Sleeve Shirt to Your Baby’s Birth Hospital air conditioning keeps the rooms cool. With only a
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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 11:07 AM

Infant Formula Tops Shoplifting Lists

Baby formula’s consistent position on the top of shoplifting lists year after year brings into focus a problem faced by increasing numbers of families with a new baby as the economy tanks. The guys who wondered “how am I going to afford this” before their baby arrived are now losing part or

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 11:05 AM

19 Essential Items for the Hospital

In the rush of getting your wife to the hospital, it’s likely (more like guaranteed) that you’ll forget something. So it’s important that you prepare by getting as much done as possible beforehand and plan for the rest. A good way to start is with lists.

Prepare a list of items you want to bring

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 11:04 AM

New Ideas from the Guys

In almost two decades of conducting or visiting Boot Camp workshops, I have never failed to hear a new comment that I felt all new dads should hear. These are a few for rookie dads-to-be:

  • Use Stethoscope To Hear Your Baby’s Heartbeat
    “Something my boss suggested was buying a stethoscope and
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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 10:55 AM

Bonding is Overblown

Bonding is presented as a major challenge to new fathers, and we are increasingly hearing from men who are doing all they can for their child, but are worried they are “ losing the bonding battle.” Translation: Am I failing as a father?  This is what a rookie or new dad needs to know:

  1. Bonding
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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 10:53 AM

Dads-To-Be: Pain Free Diaper Changing

Diaper changing is the primary symbol of men’s resistance to baby care. Refusing to do so will immediately tag you as a dolt of a dad and a long term candidate for celibacy. On the other hand, a lot of dads-to-be have a real issue with the notion of diapers full of stinking poop. If this

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 10:50 AM

The Dignity of Being a Dad

I always figured it was impossible to describe to a father-to-be what having his own child will mean to him. Words simply cannot do justice, and each man needs to discover it on his own. While still true, I am going to take a shot at articulating how being a father feels so we can compare

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 10:44 AM

A Fan In The Nursery: The Latest On SIDS Prevention

A possible cause of SIDS is thought to be an infant’s “re-breathing” exhaled air (carbon dioxide) that becomes trapped in pillows or soft bedding close to their face, or around their nose and mouth.

Dr. De-Kun Li, a Research Scientist at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and a

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 10:41 AM

Renaissance In Fatherhood

You already know that this is not your father’s fatherhood. What you may not appreciate is that there’s never been a better time to become a dad. Today more than ever, men have the opportunity to be a bigger part of their children’s lives and they’re taking advantage of it.

As the founder

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 10:40 AM

Welcome to Dads Adventure

Welcome to the brand new Dads Adventure website (and blog). We’ve got a ton of new content for dads to be and new dads in our Dad Resource Center and Information Referral Centers. If you have a question and you can’t find the answer, try Ask a Dad; an experienced dad will get back to you.

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Posted by Jon Bishop on 06/15 at 12:09 AM

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