Fatherhood is sacred, and I am very passionate about fatherhood. New fathers have this great opportunity and hope, but also great responsibility and lots of fear. There are resources and there are places here in the Twin Cities where men can learn how to be a better father. But because men aren’t always raised to ask for help, they don’t know that there are resources out there.
Typically infants and children are the domain of moms in this culture, so where does that put the father in terms of their role? Because of this, men frequently experience isolation, displacement, and fear. They often wonder what their “job” as a father is, and who gives them the skills to do it. This is why it’s so important to have people you can talk to who can offer advice and resources.
I will link people to resources in the Twin Cities that have great resources for men. And while I’m happy to provide assistance, you have to be willing to receive help. A big part of fatherhood is meeting the needs of your child and showing up to do it in a way that really works. And if that’s hard for you, you might need some support.