will be times when mum needs a day out, and dad has to volunteer to stay with
the child alone. Father soften stumble at this but you know what, ‘Dads play mum’s role differently’. Fathers are as nurturant
as mothers. Just that their approach
towards the child’s signals is different. Fathers are
more likely to excite children, make them more confident and responsive. Yet they’re just as gentle, loving and caring as mothers are.
Below are some tips that will help fathers to
take of their kids in the absence of mommy.
1.Prepare in advance and
stick to routines
Younger children need lot more things to make
themselves comfortable. Take down important points from mom about – when and
how to feed the child, put him/her to sleep etc. Setting reminders will help
you timely check diapers and maintain feeding and naptime schedules.
2.Do what interests your child
is a good opportunity to know what your child likes. Often fathers stuck at
this as they are not able to
understand what the child wants to do. Try giving different options on what
they want to eat, play and watch and get involved completely.
Although younger kids make use of sounds or
actions more than words, but that’s how they communicate. Just stroking and
talking to the child in ways that are responsive to his/her social cues (such
as crying, fussing or any other expression) makes children comfortable with
you. This kind of bonding can help facilitate enhanced social, emotional, and
physical development at young age.
Most children test your
patience hard. Now when momma is not home, they have got more freedom to
showcase their nasty side. They scribble on walls, paint on themselves, spill
snacks, make mess everywhere. Just take a deep breath and laugh at the
5.Have some quiet time
Telling stories, reading books or singing songs
are good soothers. It gives you some quiet time together. On a wider note,
every verbal exchange will familiarize the child with basic communication rules
and aids in developing language.
6.You might fail
It could be that you’ve tried a hundred things to
keep your child happy but he/she is reluctant to stay calm. In situation like this when you don’t understand what
he/she needs, do not hesitate to seek help by calling your wife or an
experienced person in reach. Remember the best way, however, is learning by
7.Share responsibilities on
Get involved in every task related with the
child. Help the mother with changing diapers, giving baths, feeding, getting
your child dressed for school or checking his homework. Sharing some load will
help you manage things alone when needed.