“Am I ready to be a dad?” is a question almost every man wonders when he first learns he is going to be one, regardless of age. Teenagers understandably ask themselves this question, and so do men in their 30s and 40s. It’s perfectly understandable, especially if the pregnancy was unplanned. If you’ve learned you’re unexpectedly going to be a father, odds are you’re feeling a range of emotions, from shocked, scared, and nervous, to happy and excited.
It’s perfectly normal to wonder whether you’re prepared to be a dad. And the truth is, no one is ever really ready to be a parent! It is a role that you learn as you go, with a little guidance from those who have done it, and a lot of patience. Experience is the best teacher. If you’ve found out you’re going to be a father, here are some tips to help you navigate the road ahead. These apply whether you are partners with the baby’s mother or not.
You may feel scared and unprepared, but with some research, advice, and experience, you can learn to be a great dad!