Friday, June 24, 2005

Being a touchy-feely Dad is important

Spotted this headline on this evening:

Study finds post-natal depression affects dads

Here's the link. And here's the Google search link, so you can find other online articles covering the same story.

For me the emphasis of this article should be on the importance of the emotional health of dads overall and not on the sensationalized idea of dads getting the baby blues too.

And while we're considering that point, personally, I don't see why the idea is so 'out there'. Granted, if a dad gets the baby blues it can't be attributed to hormonal changes or having to endure the same intense physical upheaval that women do, but husbands and partners who are emotionally invested in pre-natal process, do undergo a lot of stress too.

Anyhow, what I got out of reading this article is the importance of dads to connect emotionally in a positive way with their kids. Or put another way, it's not enough to just focus on the role of being a provider and only be a weekend dad. (.. He said guiltily.)

1 comment:

LarryandJean said...

I believe you've hit on a very wise "take-home" message. Many studies have shown that children with involved fathers do far, far better than those without.

I went searching for example studies and got distracted by what appears to be an excellent resource for fathers like yourself who want to do the best they can for their children: