12 Men Share Pre-Fatherhood Insights, The Unpopular Parent, Wellness North Counselling Ltd (#38)

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Here is this week’s “Monday Mashup”, a quick list of what we are finding useful. If you enjoy it, please feel free to forward it to friends. 

Blogpost We Read

Becoming a parent is an exciting and transformative experience, but it can also be a daunting one. There’s no instruction manual for raising a child, and even the most experienced parents can face unexpected challenges. That’s why it’s important to take the time to reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses before you become a parent.

In a recent blog post from Fatherly, 12 new fathers share their experiences and insights on what they’re glad they knew about themselves before becoming a dad. From learning how to prioritize self-care to embracing vulnerability and letting go of perfectionism, these dads offer valuable perspectives on the joys and challenges of parenthood.

Here’s one of the stories:
“One thing I knew about myself going into parenthood was that I am not a patient person when learning new things. Typically, I like the bare minimum of coaching and teaching, then I like to jump in and learn on the fly. With parenting, obviously, that can be dangerous. But I knew I wasn’t going to listen to endless podcasts or read all the books. So, knowing my shortcomings, I realized that I was able to prepare by doing two things: finding books that worked for me, and asking people for their top three pieces of parental advice. I was able to balance figuring things out on my own and having help with the basics.”
– Brian, 42, California

(Read blog post here)

This Week’s Article

The Unpopular Parent
Let’s discuss how it is natural for parents to be disliked by their children at times, and how this can be a positive aspect of parenting. The author encourages parents to embrace their role as authority figures, even when it means making unpopular decisions or setting boundaries. They suggest that being a disliked parent is a sign of being an effective parent, and that it is important to remember that children need guidance and structure to grow and develop into healthy adults. (Read)

Helper of the Week

Wellness North Counselling Lt is offering counseling services for Individuals, Couples, and Families. Get support for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger Management, Work Stress, and Relationships. 

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Have a wonderful week, all.

Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

P.S. Here are Family Enrichment Events!

Less Yelling, More Talking!

Learn strategies to help your teen follow through on chores and responsibilities, manage disrespect and backtalk, and build a positive relationship. This class is for parents of teens and tweens ages 11+. Upon registration, receive a welcome letter and Zoom link. Register here

Improving Your Teen’s Behavior

Learn to guide your under-performing or misbehaving teen towards success with problem-solving strategies, beyond consequences and rewards. This class is for parents of teens and tweens ages 11+. Upon registration, receive a welcome letter and Zoom link. Register here


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