I wonder how much do you know about the characteristics of first time dads/fathers. How does age factor into equation? Take short quiz to see how much you know about first-time dads/fathers. Write down your answers. You can find the correct answers at the end of this post
- What is the average age for first-time dads? a. a. 25.3
- The average age of first-time dads has risen steadily, while the average age for first-time moms has fallen recently. a. True b. False
- Compared to men who are married when they become first-time dads, how much younger (rounded to the nearest whole number) are men who are single when they become first-time dads? a. 5
- Compared to men who have at least a bachelor’s degree when they become first-time dads, how much younger (rounded to the nearest whole number) are men who never graduated high school when they become first-time dads? a. 4
I asked you to take that quiz to focus your attention on the “Golden Moment” to engage dads/fathers—the time before and immediately after a child’s birth. Dads and moms, including those, who are not married, are most highly motivated for the dad to be involved in their children’s lives during the prenatal and immediate postnatal period.
Countering resistance to dad’s involvement—whether on the part of dad or mom—is like pushing a boulder up a hill. In some cases, it can be impossible to overcome. In other cases, it can be overcome, but not without a lot of work and help from others to reach the other side of the hill.
Resistance is lowest during the Golden Moment. In some cases, it’s nonexistent because couples open their hearts as they anticipate and welcome their newborn. That’s why the use of tactics to reach dads during this time—such as through OB/GYNs, pediatricians, hospitals, birthing and pregnancy centers, and home visiting programs for new parents—prove so effective in the short and long term. Indeed, the long-term impact expands our understanding of why this moment is golden. When you connect a dad during this time, you increase the chance he’ll stay involved for the long haul.
To effectively reach dads during this time, arm yourself with research-based and evidence-informed tools that increase pro-fathering knowledge, attitudes, and skills.
Correct answers to the quiz: 1. (d) 2. (a) 3. (c) 4. (d)