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What is the day to day life like as a father?

It depends on the child - some babies sleep through the night when young, some insist on feeding every couple of hours. Some need constant entertainment, some like wriggling in a basket. You'll ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

No one seems to have put it the way I would. Many years ago I was browsing in a bookstore with my daughter on my shoulder. An older gentleman asked her age. I told him; she was about 1 at the time. ...
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4-Year Old Fights the School Routine

One of the most useful things I learned with regards to being on time for things, as I raised my children (8 and 10 now), is this: don't worry about being on time today. No matter what it is, don't ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

I hope that if you and your wife are ready and truly want children that you will go ahead. However you have to be prepared to parent which is another full-time career and one that should have priority ...
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Bringing work organizational effectiveness practices home to the family?

I am not sure what specific practices you are referencing, but as a manager and a parent, I don't readily see a crossover from work to home. In a work culture you are dealing with non-familial ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

For me, it has been absolutely fantastic. Really fun. I have worked in exciting careers, and had the opportunity to travel extensively to many parts of the world. I have partied all night in many ...
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How to get a 3.5-year-old to dress up in the morning?

I'd switch up the order. Make him get dressed before breakfast. If he takes too long, he misses breakfast. That's a consequence he can understand, close enough to the time of getting dressed.
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Occasional Gift or Daily Reward?

Honestly, I avoid that approach. I don't reward at all. I also do not punish. My children are permitted at times to work toward something they want but it's over and above normal things they do ...
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why does my toddler's sleep schedule shift week by week?

The weekly variations in wake time within 1.5 hour range could be caused by a number of things (for some of which you may want to consult a pediatrician). One of the possible causes could be simple ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

As others have said, there are many variables that affect the overall impact on your life. I'm just going to talk about time. I only have an 18 month old thus far. I'm speaking as a father who works ...
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What's a reasonable phone/FaceTime schedule for a six-year old child and a remote parent?

Some criteria that I think is reasonable: It should be every day, ideally 1 It should be at least five (5) minutes in duration It doesn't need to last more than fifteen (15) minutes, particularly on ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

Labour of love - children give deep meaning to your life, but you must embrace that to succeed Once you become a parent you have to learn to love and embrace the work of parenting and (sometimes) the ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

Every child is different, as Matthew said, but as a rough approximation expect that raising children is a full time (24 hours a day) job for years or decades. Caring for a child is great, but trying ...
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Toddler Eating Habits - Better To Encourage Diverse Food Consumption Or Eating At Dining Table?

The answer depends on a lot of missing information, parenting styles being perhaps the most important (this has been borne out in many papers.) It's clear that you have a gentle and respectful ...
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What techniques can I use to get my six-year-old out of bed and dressed for school?

The first thing I'd do is figure out whether she's having trouble getting out of bed because she's too tired. Most kids I've known fall into one of two camps: the ones that wake up on their own and ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

I'm not sure if its like this in Germany, but in the US, people tend to live in the largest place they can afford in the nicest neighborhoods. Thus two incomes are necessary. If on the other hand you ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

Ok, I'll speak from my experience. Yes, babyhood is hell in some ways. They don't sleep through the night for several months after birth (on average), so someone usually has to get up with the ...
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why does my toddler's sleep schedule shift week by week?

I never could get the hang of them either - kids just have different needs and different schedules than us unfortunately. We tried putting them to bed earlier (massive failure, they just had difficult ...
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Connect with 5 yr old while maintaining career and caring for new sibling

Sounds like there is a lot on your plate and that you’re looking for new ways to connect with your son. Kids often benefit from some structure and routine. I would suggest starting by having a ...
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4-Year Old Fights the School Routine

I would try to avoid escalation to the point of punching, hitting, etc., at all costs. Punching and hitting sets up patterns that are really not good. Of the five bullets, are there one or two that ...
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What are the benefits to setting definite mealtimes for a kindergartner?

I am thinking there may be a general issue of establishing appropriate routines in general, as it is impossible to have any consistent routine if meals are all over the place (unfortunately I know ...
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What's a reasonable phone/FaceTime schedule for a six-year old child and a remote parent?

While I agree with the OP that the proposed schedule looks reasonable, there is one more factor, esp, if the two parents involved are not on amicable terms. Six year olds tend to be quite distracted, ...
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What's a reasonable phone/FaceTime schedule for a six-year old child and a remote parent?

From experience, I recommend: Avoid video chat shortly before bedtime, just as with any other screen time, to promote better sleep. Maybe also avoid phone calls shortly before bedtime, especially if ...
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How to change my 2.5-year-old's sleep-wake routine so he doesn't nap in the afternoon and wakes up too early in the morning?

It's possible to gently and gradually adjust your child's sleep timing and habits, but it may take some time and effort. Also make sure this is truly what you want-- if you get him sleeping at an ...
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How to get a 3.5-year-old to dress up in the morning?

I've recently had limited success in this area with my 3 year old (compared to zero success in the past). We have a magnetic white board with all the morning routine activities - potty, breakfast, toy ...
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How to get a 3.5-year-old to dress up in the morning?

He has learned that being late gets your attention, even if it is the wrong king of attention. Try to find something that he really enjoys and involves you, preferably something that can be done near ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

Your genes tell you to reproduce but it is a serious task that needs rational decisions. Asking other people what you should do is not the right way to rationality. Nobody will admit that they made ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

We cannot answer this for you, it depends 100% on you, your wife, your children and your circumstances. There is a spectrum ranging from pure, lifelong bliss to pure, lifelong horror. One thing is ...
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