Mother’s Day is Every Day! Guest Author David Arrell
Guys, you have a great opportunity coming up real soon to meaningfully show up in a HUGE way for your expectant partner and earn some super easy Dad Card points. You’ve probably been hearing all about being “helpful and supportive” for some time now, but may have had some occasional challenges on figuring out what that exactly looks like on any given day. Let’s face it, nowhere is the saying “what’s true today might not be true tomorrow” more appropriate than in your ever changing pregnancy journey. But no matter where you are in the adventure – from “We’re pregnant!” all the way up to “Any day now!” – this Dad Tip is guaranteed to “count” in all the right ways.
Ready? Here goes. Simply head on out to your nearest drug store and walk over to the greeting card section. There you should find approximately 300,000 Mother’s Day cards to choose from, including a dozen or so of the extra fancy kind that have some sort of 3-D element or intricate origami sculpture hidden inside. I know, the whole card situation is completely out of hand these days, but that’s a topic for another time. Pick out a really nice one, and then more importantly, take a few minutes to write down some great “Words of Affirmation” for your expecting partner. Maybe tell her how excited you are to be starting a family with her. Maybe a few thoughts about your first date, or when you decided that she was truly “a keeper.” Maybe just an inside joke referencing your favorite movie. But whatever you write, make sure you also tell her what a great Mom she already is for your growing baby.
That’s the main point here – she is full-fledged Mama NOW, and has been since she first saw that positive pregnancy test. This is the very first Big Idea I talk about in Welcome To Fatherhood, the great truism that “Women become mothers when they find out they are pregnant, but men don’t become fathers until the baby is born.” You recognizing that reality for her is one of the best ways for you to be “helpful and supportive,” day in and day out, over the course of the pregnancy. Mother’s Day is a great chance to really put some whipped cream and a cherry on top of that, so go big here and get the $10 card. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to get one for your own Mom too!
For more Dad Card info, Big Ideas, and Dad Tips for better connecting with your pregnant partner and better preparing for what lies ahead in your journey towards the Dad Zone please check me and Welcome To Fatherhood out at www.welcometofatherhood.com.