Prenatal parenting classes have typically been targeted toward mothers. However, several health care providers are now offering such programs specifically for fathers. At issue is that the role of the dad isn’t clearly defined in modern parenting. Recent research suggests that hands-on engagement from fathers correlates positively with a baby’s cognitive development. In addition, involved parenting from the father can improve relations between the two parents. Thus, the non-profit Bootcamp for New Dads in New York teaches men such skills as how to soothe a crying infant and the art of proper swaddling. While the classes may not produce expert fathers, they will make them good enough.
- Both fathers and mothers today focus more of their time and money on their children compared to parents of the 1960s.
- Fathers spending more time caring for their infants was linked to better cognitive development in the children at age two.
- Men are more likely to open up and ask questions at bootcamp when their wife is not present.
“However, though prenatal classes show both parents how to swaddle, soothe, and comfort their infants, they are usually aimed mostly at the mom”