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These links are GREAT!! Too often the dad's are forgotten during the PPD/PPP ordeal...they need support to, as this disease affects everyone in the family. It is not uncommon for husbands to development depression when their wives/partners have/are suffering from PPD/PPP, so someone needs to look out for them too.
Becoming a new Dad is overwhelming and emotional too. Here is a exercise to help Dad's deal with any pressure they may be feeling about raising there new bub.
Here is an exercise for Dad's....
Imagine yourself walking down a long corridor with a suitcase. On the walls of the corridor are pictures of your family, friends, and other's who have been important in your life.
As you walk along reach deep inside your memory and recall the qualities of these individuals that most influenced you. Kindness. Compassion. Respect for your individuality. Persistance. A sense of humor, "What qualities did these people have that I want to have as a father? Which of the characteristics to I want to avoid?" Put only those pictures in your suitcase that you want to keep. Leave the others on the walls. If there are some people you want to remember but you don't want to imitate in your life as a father, tear off just part of the picture- a twinkling eye or strong, gnarled hand- to help you remember them.
If you did not have many positive influences from other people growing up, imagine how you would have liked your relationship with your own dad to have been. Create a scrapbook in your mind of the qualities you wish your dad had. Maybe being less strict. Or making time to play with you, instead of always working. Maybe just being a part of your life. Put this scrapbook in your suitcase too. Use these pictures to guide you through your journey of becoming the father you want to be, and to assemble new snapshots of fatherhood for your children. Ones they will want to keep.
----Postpartum Survival Guide---- Ann Dunnewold & Diane G. Sanford
Thank you Heather mom2*Lauryn*Jacob* for the most gorgeous siggy!!