Having a new baby is such an exciting time, and the pride you feel as a new dad is a feeling that will be hard to top. Once your baby is born, your life changes overnight. Life with a new baby brings an incredibly huge lifestyle shift and new responsibilities into the home, in addition to sleep deprivation that pains you and your partner to your core.
You may have attended all of the classes at the hospital, accompanied your partner to all of her doctor’s appointments, and read all of the books, but life at home once the baby arrives isn’t anything you can really prepare for.
We know from decades of research that new parents have a difficult time adjusting as a couple to life with a newborn. Did you know that over 70% of new parents report a decline in marital satisfaction after welcoming a new baby? This transition isn’t easy for the majority of us, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re definitely not alone.
While there are many resources available for new mothers, we wanted to also provide resources for dads.
We know there are a lot of feelings and insecurities underneath what sometimes gets displayed as anger or resentment. You might be feeling helpless because you don’t have breasts or because you’re struggling to soothe your baby, your partner, or yourself. Or maybe you feel like you can’t do anything right by your partner’s standards and wonder if you’re going to make it through this.
You may even be wondering if having this baby was a mistake and if the fear you feel now is going to last forever. You prefer to work because of the stress at home. You want to be intimate with your partner again but she has no interest.
We get it, we’ve lived it, and everything you’re experiencing makes total sense. Nobody was meant to handle this alone, and we’re here for you at The New Dad School!
Join other new dads in this 4-part class series where you will learn to make sense of this chaotic time. Over four meetings, you’ll get a handle on why things seem so different now, what you might expect in the future, and which new skills may be necessary for you to show up the way you’d like, with stronger partnerships and a greater sense of connection with your baby.
Don’t worry—it’s not all about sitting down and talking through feelings, and you’ll never be forced to share anything you’re uncomfortable with. We’ll welcome you however you’d prefer to show up.
We just want you to better understand what you and your partner are going through and to help you find creative ways of bringing your strengths into the family, getting your needs met, and fostering intimacy during this huge transition.
Our class series is led by Dr. David Kyle Bond, a Licensed Psychologist with a background in developmental psychology and attachment theory, and a local private practice serving adults and teens across a wide range of ages. As someone who specializes in working with men during times of transition—and as someone with firsthand experience when it comes to new fatherhood—he’s carefully crafted this educational workshop to be both informative and practical.
Please don’t struggle or manage this massive life change in silence, or alone…join us!
- Dads with babies up to 1 year old
- Dads only*
- 4-part series that meets every week for 1.5 hours each
- Small class size (max 12 dads in each class)
- $225 for 4-part series
*Moms, if you’re reading this, we know you may want dad to attend with baby like you do in your class, but it’s important for us to have your guy’s full attention. We only have them for four sessions. We want to make sure we use our time wisely. Please trust us on this one.
Please note that this course is psychoeducational in nature and does not constitute therapy or counseling. Participation in this course does not imply nor establish any therapeutic relationship, is not intended to replace professional therapeutic services, and is not designed to diagnose, treat, or prevent any specific psychological issue.