Balancing Work and Family
Being a new father can often seem like a full-time job. Even if your baby is breastfeeding, there are a lot of other things for dad to do to help care for his baby, in addition to chores in and around the house. Of course, if you are a stay-at-home dad, being a new father will be a full-time job.
Most other dads will have to balance the extra work they have at home caring for their new baby with the continued work they have on the job. They may even find they have to work longer hours or a second job to keep up with the extra expenses that a new baby can bring. Although working definitely can be important for his career and the financial future of his family, if a new dad doesn't figure out a way to balance the time he spends at work with the time he spends with his family, he may miss out on important opportunities to bond with his new baby.
Finding a balance between work and family can be especially hard for dads who have to travel a lot as a part of their job. Days or weeks away from home can be hard on a new family, including a new dad who may miss his baby. Having to work nights, so that you have to sleep when your baby is awake during the day, can be just as stressful.
In addition to trying to spend as much time at home as you can, without sacrificing your own career plans, one of best ways to balance work and family time is to try and separate the two. Don't bring work home with you, so that when you are home with your family, you are really home and can spend quality time with them. If possible, also try to limit traveling for your job, get on a standard schedule, so that you are home at night and on weekends, and make some special time for your family, no matter how much time you have to spend at work.