Am I ready to be a dad? Am I ready for the lifestyle change? Losing my freedom? Are we stable enough as a couple?
The first thing to know is that very few dads feel ready, so you’re in the majority.
Becoming a dad triggers a ‘provider’ mindset which can be really scary for a lot of men.
Our research shows that nearly 80 per cent of dads feel they need to be ‘the rock’ for their family, which they interpret as a stable, unemotional base of support.
Men get into trouble when they swallow this pressure of responsibility. Bottling it up and trudging along trying to meet all of your commitments to work and family can make things worse.
If you feel overwhelmed, connect with people around you. Or if you’re feeling this way for more than two weeks, get some professional support.