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Change in roles and responsibilities

Since finding out that you are going to become a dad or becoming a dad, you may feel an increased sense of responsibility for bringing a child into the world and their upbringing. This change in roles and responsibility may encompass the role as primary provider for the family for a brief, or extended period of time.It can also impact on couples where the caregiving is equal.

As you make the adjustment from individuals and/or a couple, to parents and a family –  you are likely to feel different.

It is common that at times things may feel chaotic as you try and manage new demands, keep everything stable, and deal with the possible disrupted sleep that often comes with this transition.

“The house suddenly went from the quiet and empty place it had been a few weeks ago to a place full of noise, with absolutely no room. It felt as though our entire lives had been hijacked.”

Mark Williams

Many expectant and new fathers also describe an increased sense of responsibility as they need to be the provider for their family. This can also lead to ongoing feelings of stress.

But as I started planning (for the baby) I started to worry more and more. I knew we had to have enough money to raise him properly…I had to keep working hard, and keep hitting those (sales) targets – the baby and Michelle were depending on me.              

Mark Williams

This is all normal, and with time you will master new ways of doing things and contemplate your new priorities. Give it time. This is all part of the transition to parenthood and adjusting to your new role, and new life, as a parent.