A “Touchy” Thought: children thrive with cuddles, caresses, and connection

by John Hoffman One of the very first articles I wrote for fathers was about touch. That’s because, as a new dad, one of my first “aha moments” was that touch was, in many ways, the main “language” of communication with newborn babies.  Everything I’ve learned since then—the research I’ve read, interviews with child development …

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Dads in the Delivery Room? 1947? not quite.

I was in a doctor's office waiting room recently and was drawn to the cover of a Reader's Digest magazine, referring to the "eh to zed" of Canadian humour.  Reading through the samples of jokes and comedy quips, I eventually stumbled on this one for "W".  This seems to reflect the place dad usually found himself …

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7 Songs for the First 7 Days

By Lee Carnihan You’ll have enough on your plate in the first week without having to worry about what day it is. Time will become meaningless over the first few days and hours – it all blurs into one frankly – but we have to start somewhere and what better day to start on than …

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Celebrating Dads at the Birth of Their Children

by John Hoffman Last June, the Huffington Post published a nice photo essay about fathers at the birth of their babies. They used a title that was total click bait: 35 Raw Birth Photos of Dads Welcoming Their Babies into the World. I usual ignore click bait but, since it was dads and birth I …

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Dads and Moms Needed: research on the impact of PPD on families

ARE YOU PREGNANT OR JUST HAD A BABY LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AGO? The Unviersity of Toronto has an exciting study for you to participate in! University of Toronto researchers are currently recruiting over 5000 new mothers AND fathers across Canada to participate in an innovative and exciting new study. We would like to learn more …

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Up With Daddy Days!

by John Hoffman The federal government recently floated the idea of changing Canada’s parental leave policies to include “Daddy Days.” That’s a chunk of paid parental leave that can be taken only by fathers. I’ll gladly add my voice to those who want to see the feds follow through with this policy. Daddy Days is …

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A Father’s Grief

  by  John Hoffman At their very last routine prenatal check up, just one week before their baby was due, Rob and Leslie (not their real names) got the worst news expectant parents can ever get. There was no heartbeat. They were sent straight to the hospital where more sophisticated equipment confirmed that their boy …

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