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 Post subject: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:50 pm 
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I just found out I'm going to be a father! Wow!

I need to read through the resources on the board but does anyone know:

Any good "How to be an awesome Vegan Dad" type books"

or any awesome Vegan parenting podcasts.

Any help is appreciated!


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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:55 pm 
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Congratulations!

I don't think it is any different to be an awesome father by diet. I would just start reading books on how to be a decent father period. Maybe read a copy of the UPDATED Becoming Vegan as it covers nutritional needs for all phases of life.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
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I have no tips - but Congratulations!!

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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
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congrats!

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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
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Congrats! I think just the fact that you are asking how to be an awesome dad means you are off to a good start.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
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I definitely agree with that ^^!

there is a thread called vegan parenting resources, or something similar, in the playground.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
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hi there and congrats!

Vegan for Life is a really good general book for all things vegan nutrition. i know there is a section about pregnancy and nursing if the mama to be is interested and im fairly certain i remember there is a section on kids too and nutrition.

http://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Life-Everything-Healthy-Plant-Based/dp/0738214930/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415751868&sr=8-1&keywords=vegan+for+life

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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
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Congratulations!

I would second the recommendation for Vegan for Life. Registered dietitians Ginny Messina and Jack Norris give solid nutrition guidance for all stages of life. Becoming Vegan is also an excellent book.

There are a number of books out there for new fathers. From Dude to Dad is one example. Look around on Amazon and you will be able to see other recommendations on the same topic.


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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
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Congratulations!!

My husband bought this silly little book when I was preggers:
http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Owners-Manual-Instructions-Trouble-Shooting/dp/1594745978/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1415821069&sr=8-2&keywords=how+to+be+a+dad
It's written like a tech manual, he got a kick out of it.

My kid is 4 now and he's very lucky to have an awesome dad. I'd say these are the best things my husband did:
1. We made a deal - I breastfed, he changed diapers. So learn to change diapers! If you've never been around babies much before (we hadn't) it will be a little awkward at first, especially when they're so tiny! But you'll get it.
2. Help with cooking & dishes. It is tough being a mom that first year - the baby constantly wants you. So having my husband make me meals and clean up made everything so much less stressful.
3. Most important - just spend time with the kid! Hold the baby a lot when it is tiny. Participate in bathtime. Talk to the kid a lot, even when they can't understand you (that's how babies learn to talk). Then play with him or her when s/he gets older. I think a lot of men feel awkward because they don't have a lot of experience but just stick with it. You will get in your groove eventually.

All the research shows father involvement is super important to a child's development, including in the early years. Time spent with your kid is irreplaceable.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
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Congrats!


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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
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Aubade has good advice!

My husband just assumed that we both had exactly the same instinct and qualifications necessary to care for an infant, toddler, etc. I think that has pretty much been proven true, but he would have gotten negative reinforcement around that if he hadn't actually done a giant amount of childcare. You don't become skilled at something you don't practice, same goes for moms.

Whatever is annoying to your partner to deal with or look at - that is going to be your job to deal with for awhile, take it seriously, don't add work or annoyance to her plate - gestating and early infancy are super hard work and can be completely exhausting physically and mentally. Clutter makes me crazy, the most appreciated thing in the world was my husband picking up clutter. Similarly, dirty dishes!


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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
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Congratulations!!



Rhizopus Oligosporus wrote:
Congrats! I think just the fact that you are asking how to be an awesome dad means you are off to a good start.


I couldn't agree more with this

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 Post subject: Re: I'm going to be a Vegan Dad!
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Hey I just found the owners manual while cleaning the basement. PM me your address and I'll mail it to you as a gift if you want.

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