What are the early signs of labor?

Our focus is on how you, the partner, can help the birthing mom – but the top questions we get from you are about the signs of labor:

  • How do you know when labor is beginning?
  • How do you know labor is for real?
  • Is it pre-labor?
  • What’s pre-labor anyway?

We understand the need to know – we’ve been there 🙂 When labor kicks in, that’s when the action starts! That’s when YOUR job begins. So let’s run through the signs of labor, for both Early Labor and Active Labor.

What is early labor?

Early labor is the beginning of the first stage of labor. We like to call it the ‘Hey – we’re in labor!’ phase because it’s a time of anticipation & excitement. You’ve been waiting for months and FINALLY the finish line becomes a reality.

Early labor usually takes from several hours to a few days. BUT… it can take weeks too. As you might expect, it’s different for every mom. And it can be different from pregnancy to pregnancy.

It’s a time when hormonal changes are happening that prepare the body to birth and breastfeed.

Early labor can also be called pre-labor.

What are the early signs of labor?

The signs of early labor are:

  • Braxton-Hicks contractions / painless tightening
  • Irregular menstrual-like cramps (basically mild contractions)
  • Backache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Gas-like discomfort
  • Rectal pressure
  • Diarrhea
  • Pinkish vaginal discharge (‘show’)

The most well-known sign of early labor is the Braxton-Hicks contraction. It is an actual contraction – just not intense. They can be referred to as ‘practice contractions’ because the uterus is preparing itself.

Braxton-Hicks contractions can start as early as 6 weeks but that is not considered early labor. They are much more common in the second and third trimesters. They can feel like menstrual cramps – or they might be so mild that they’re missed completely.

Before early labor, contractions are mild, short and irregular. It becomes early labor when the contractions become consistent, starting at 20 minutes apart.

The contraction pattern during early labor ranges from 5-20 minutes apart. And which of the possible signs you see will be unique to your partner – and this pregnancy.

Thoughts on the term ‘false labor’

False labor is an old, misleading term for early labor. It implies that what’s happening is not real – but that is far from the truth! Real things are happening to prepare the body for birth and breastfeeding. And every contraction, no matter how mild, is preparing the uterus. Think of each contraction as a rep when working out. If you don’t do a rep, you gain nothing. The same goes for contractions.

In our eyes, there’s no such thing as ‘false labor’.

What is active labor?

Imagine all the signs of early labor – but BIGGER and BADDER. We call this the ‘Time to get down to business’ phase. The mood shifts from fun and excited to a bit more serious. This is when the hard work – for BOTH of you – begins.

What are the signs of active labor?

The signs of active labor are

  • Contractions 3-5 minutes apart
  • More intense backache
  • Increased pelvic pressure

The contractions become strong and regular: 3-5 minutes apart. They last 45-60 seconds long. It all becomes more intense, and the mood shifts to more business-like and focused. The time for jokes & banter is past.

This is the time you’ll need to get into a rhythm with her. You’ll need to put your support strategies to use. And during each contraction, you will need to be ‘on’ and focused completely on her.

What happens next?

Most providers will suggest following the 4-1-1 rule to make the next step. When contractions are:

  • consistently 4 minutes apart
  • at least 1 minute long
  • and this pattern lasts for at least 1 hour
  • This is considered the time to leave for the birthing center or hospital. Some providers will suggest following a 3-1-1 rule too.

Trust your instincts for when it’s time to go (if you aren’t birthing at home). Remember that going from home to the birthing location is a disruption. It is normal for labor to slow down until she is settled again. If you have any questions, be sure to call your midwife or doctor.

And if you’re working with an experienced doula, she can give recommendations on when to leave or when to call your provider.

What can you do with a birthing ball?

Ah – the ubiquitous birthing ball, seen everywhere from gyms to birth educator’s homes. We’ve had one (sometimes two) in our house for years. We used them initially for pregnancy and labor but now they’re used either as toys or seats. They’re useful before pregnancy, during and well after too!

The birthing ball exists under a bunch of different names. They can be called exercise ball, yoga ball, Swiss ball, pregnancy ball, Pilates ball, gym ball, and more. They’re all the same thing, just marketed a little bit differently. If you’re on the lookout for one, don’t worry about what it’s called and just get one that gets good reviews.

So what exactly is a birthing ball for?

Relief , comfort & relaxation. They can help relieve pelvic discomfort & pressure by opening the pelvis and balancing the ligaments, tendons & muscles.

They can relieve lower back pain too. She can sit on it (on a non-slip surface), which will distribute her weight evenly on her hips and align her spine. She can also lean on it on ‘all fours’, letting it support her upper body and taking stress off her back. Both of those exercises, shown in the video below, are great for relieving non-pregnancy back aches too 😉

Just sitting, leaning on, bouncing on, rocking on them or doing figure eights can be relaxing too. It’s good to have options, when the pregnant mama’s having trouble getting comfortable.

Encouraging optimal fetal positioning. Ideally, the baby should be head down, facing mom’s back. This allows the baby’s chin to be tucked into her chest, letting the smallest part of her head come out first. Sitting & rocking on a birth ball can help this happen. The open pelvis, balanced ligaments etc and evenly distributed weight can help the baby settle into an optimal position.

Inducing labor. This is like the next level of optimal fetal positioning. When the baby is ready to be born, the same exercises that help it get into the right position can help it move lower into the birth canal, put pressure on the cervix – and kickstart labor.

Here are a few exercises that are good for both encouraging fetal positioning and inducing labor naturally:

You know what else can induce labor? Sex. So when the time is right, get busy! (Sorry, dad jokes are inevitable at this point…)

Relief, comfort & relaxation during labor. Yep – all the same exercises are super-useful during labor too. They can be more comfortable than a chair. Rhythmic rocking and swaying can help her get through contractions. Sitting or leaning on them exposes her back for massages from you. They can be leaned on for support during contractions OR when pushing the baby out.

You should be sold on birthing balls at this point. If they could only cook and put the baby down for a nap, they’d be the most perfect thing ever.

birthing ball

Choosing the birthing ball size

Guess what? The taller she is, the bigger ball she needs:

  • 55 cm ball if she’s under 5’4″
  • 65 cm ball if she’s between 5’4″ – 5’10″
  • 75 cm ball if she’s over 5’10”

Obviously if you’re going to use it too and there’s a big discrepancy between your heights, you’ll need your own ball.

IMPORTANT: When she sits on the birthing ball, her hips need to be higher than her knees. If her hips are lower than her knees then the ball is too small. This is important because it prevents the spine from extending, making it rounded . This can cause a backache AND prevent the baby from moving into an optimal position. So make sure the ball is the right size!

You can get the perfect one here (referral link) and be sure to get a pump if it doesn’t come with one.

The peanut ball

One last thing – there’s a variant of the birthing ball that comes in a peanut shaped. Surprisingly, it’s called a peanut ball. It has a few different uses than the typical birthing ball. It can be straddled  for better balance, put under the knees to raise the legs, used like a body pillow, and more. Trish really wanted one back in the day but they were hard to find. Nowadays, they’re freely available online, she recommends checking them out.

birth ball
Kids love birthing balls, once you have one you’ll never get rid of it.

Know a Rock Star Dad? We need photos of their awesomeness!

Rock Star Dads needs photos of Rock Star Dads!

Do you know a dad who’s awesome? We want to spread the love and share pix of awesome dads! Dads are important people. We want to raise awareness of awesome dad-ness and inspire other dads, dads to be and partners too!

We’re looking for all kinds of photos to share because dads can be awesome in so many ways. From babywearing to parenting teens and everything in-between, we’re looking for pix. If you have a picture that you feel captures a special moment with your rock star partners and your kid(s), we’d love to share it!

The photos we’re looking for need to include dads with their partners and/or kids, doing kick-ass dad things like:

  • Babywearing
  • Being silly
  • Birth coaching
  • Comforting
  • Cuddling
  • Multitasking & dadhacks (stuff like a babywearing dad pushing another kid in a stroller while walking two dogs)
  • Playing
  • Having fun

Dadhood is diverse and comes in all shapes and sizes. We’d like nothing more than to share the love and, if you want, tag you in social media.

Ready to share a pic?

Click here to review our release form and submit your photo. Thanks – you rock!

 

 

So you’re having a baby – now what?

So you’re having a baby. Statistics show that 72.3% of the the time, the news begins with the the words Guess what? (OK – I’m kidding but I wouldn’t be surprised if that was true.)

This news can be exciting, relieving, stressful, joyous, surprising, or intimidating. Or it could be a combination of all those feelings (often summed up by the word Whoa).

The first time I found out that she was pregnant, we’d been trying for 1 1/2 years. It became a bit stressful and I learned way more about how to get pregnant than I ever thought I would. When I finally got the news, it was a relief.

You’re having a baby – now what do you do?

Once you’ve found out, what can you do? Besides wait, take childbirth education classes and catering to her needs? Here are 4 things we recommend based on our past experiences.

Embrace change

Things are going to change – there’s no question about that. You can run but you hiding is not advised. You could avoid the change. You could put things off. You could be all half-assed about it (like a certain someone[link] I know). But as Master Oogway said in Kung Fu Panda,

having a baby
Yes, I just quoted a cartoon. It’s a damn good one too!

Accept the change. Open those arms wide and embrace it. Welcome it. Because having a baby means you’re about to embark on a hell of an adventure. You’re going to learn a lot about yourself. You’ll learn how strong both of you are. And you’re going to watch your kids grow and change, which is amazing.

Take charge

Change is going to happen anyway so grab it by the horns. Educate yourself, about pregnancy, labor, childbirth and parenting. Knowledge is power. Or as the old GI Joe cartoon said it, Knowing is half the battle. There’s so much good information online these days – even reading up just 15 minutes a day is plenty. The more you know, the more helpful you can be to her.

Do more around the house. Clean more. Cook more. If you don’t know how to cook, start learning immediately (Google one pot meals for some easy ideas). These are all things you’ll have to do once the baby’s here, so start now instead of scrambling later.

Try to figure out how to do things quickly and more efficiently – especially when it comes to meals. Learning how to do more in less time is important because life with a baby is busy, busy, busy.

Take care of her

She’s doing all the heavy-lifting. Her body is going through all the changes. She’s going to get backaches. And probably morning sickness (which isn’t limited to mornings). She’s going to endure labor and childbirth. She’s going to go through a lot.

Nourish her with healthy food (and expect that she might love something now and hate the smell of it next week). Keep her hydrated. Let her rest (a lot). Give her massages (and they’ll be critical during labor too so you can make her feel good and prep for the future).

Spend time together (enjoy the uninterrupted time ;)). Talk to her. Listen to her. Be prepared for ups & downs; do the best you can to listen and understand.

Take care of yourself

It’s hard to care for someone else if our own needs aren’t taken care of. Self-care is important; be sure not to neglect yourself. Eat well, get sleep, exercise. Engage in your hobby, read a book, take a walk, be social. Watch your favorite movie or tv show. Spend time with people who make you laugh and smile.

Give yourself what you need because it’s hard to give to others when you’re running on empty. Do something, no matter how small, for yourself every day. This is good preparation for life as a family too.

These are 4 good ways to get started. Can you think of any more?

Our slogan about fatherhood: Be the rock. Light the way.

We wanted to dig a little deeper into the words rock star and fatherhood in general. The name Rock Star Dads felt right (as explained here) but we had to spend some time ruminating on it. And the more we thought about it, we found symbolism that made sense – and this birthed our slogan.

Be the rock.

Rocks are strong. Rocks are steady. Rocks are reliable. You know exactly what you get when you pick up a rock.

Look at it this way: she needs to know she can count on you. Whether she’s having a bad day or whether it’s during labor, she needs to know she can count on you. You need to be steady & reliable.

This goes for fatherhood too – when your kid bumps her head or scrapes her knee, she’s gonna come to you. And you’re have to deliver, over and over again.

the rock
You can also be The Rock (fannypack not included)

Be the rock. Be the strong, steady, supportive person they need. Give them strength, give them empathy, give them love. Give them what they need.

Keep in mind, though, that we’re not saying to be like a rock when it comes to emotions and feelings. Times have changed; we disagree with the idea that men can’t/shouldn’t express their feelings. Men must express their feelings because we are always teaching our children by example.

Be happy, be sad, be whatever – just be open about your feelings.

Light the way.

Stars are amazing.

Besides being beautiful, sparkling things in the sky, they help us navigate. In the northern hemisphere, we use the Big Dipper to find the star Polaris which points north. In the southern hemisphere, the constellation Crux (aka the Southern Cross) points south.

Stars light the way (see what we did there?). We might meander and explore but when we check our bearings, the stars show us the way. So how does this work in our daily lives?

light the way
Stars are amazing. You can be amazing too.

Partners look to us for support & love. Children look to use for love & guidance. We already mentioned teaching by example above, but that’s part of a greater idea: fatherhood is leading by example.

Anyone can be a leader – it does not require having followers. As part of a family, our actions have consequences big and small. During childbirth our calm & confidence can help her from focusing on fear and pain. We can make gentle suggestions to talk a walk or eat something. We can help light the way.

As parents and partners, we can lead by example. We can inspire our partners (and be inspired by them too). By being compassionate, loving, considerate and supportive. By having passions and hobbies so children can see what personal satisfaction looks like. By sharing our feelings and working through stress productively. By making mistakes and learning from them (something our children can learn from too).

And we can lead by example no matter where we are – home, work, wherever. It’s not about being better than someone else or anything like that. It’s about trying to do the right thing, no matter where we are.

Be the rock. Light the way.

So there you have it – the story behind our slogan. And now you know why we’ve got a gorgeous picture of a mountain range under a starry sky on our home page. Mountains are really, really big rocks. And it’s all light up by stars.

If you think that’s heavy on the symbolism, here’s some more: climbing a mountain is a big deal. Kinda like … supporting birth. And how does one climb a mountain? With practice and planning – just like … supporting birth.

There you go – symbolism up the wazoo. Can you dig it?

The stages of labor: a partner’s guide

If you’re going to support your partner during childbirth, you need to know the stages of labor. The whole process of childbirth – aka labor and delivery – takes place in three stages.

We do cover the stages of labor in greater depth in our forthcoming course, with a focus on what each stage tends to look like. We also outline what your responsibilities are during each stage, along with what you need to do. Depending on who you talk to the stages can be slightly different. As fans of Lamaze, we believe in their stages.

The first stage of labor

Of all the stages of labor, stage 1 is the longest stage. When people talk having a 20 hour labor, about 2/3 of that time comprises the first stage.

This whole stage is about dilating the cervix, the opening to the uterus. By the end of the stage, the cervix will be 10cm wide – big enough to let the baby come through.

Learn about the stages of labor
Early labor is a good time to take a walk.

The first stage of labor has 3 distinct phases:

  • Early labor (the Hey we’re in labor! phase)
  • Active labor (the Time to get down to business phase)
  • Transition (the Oh sh*t let’s take it one at a time phase)

Early labor is the period when contractions are 5-20 minutes apart. Sometimes people miss it because the contractions start off gradually. Over the hours the contractions build up in length & intensity. They become more regular, until they are 5 minutes apart.

The first stage is the time to get ready. It’s the time to pack up if you have to leave the house to give birth. It’s time to rest and engage in some light activities. It’s time to nourish yourselves with nutritious food. The mood is usually upbeat, with excitement and anticipation.

Active labor is when the contractions are longer and much more intense. They are 3-5 minutes apart and lasting up to a minute long. It’s when things become serious. It’s when couples get focused and work together. The time for lighthearted chat & jokes is past.

It’s a time to get into a rhythm: rest between contractions & activity during contractions (like breathing and vocalizing). As the contractions get more and more intense, so does the need for support. The focus is completely on the birthing mama.

Transition is the last phase, right before the second stage of labor (pushing & giving birth) begins.

The contractions are now crazy intense. They’re 1 1/2-2 minutes apart and last as long as 90 seconds. They have to be taken one at a time. The contractions are powerful but efficient, and there’s still rest between them. The need for emotional support is greatest during this period.

the second stage of labor
Contractions are like waves, with breaks between each wave.

The second stage of labor

Stage 2 is all about pushing and giving birth. Once the cervix has completely dilated, the body switches from dilating to pushing. This doesn’t happen right away; it can take several contractions after full dilation before the mama feels the urge to push. For a lot of mamas, when they urge to push hits, they HAVE TO PUSH!

The pushing coincides with contractions, and vocalizing like an athlete can help. They can become alert and focused. It can be very instinctual, pushing along with the contractions, then resting between them.

This stage of labor ends when your baby is born and is held by mom. (She did all the work so she gets first dibs – plus she’s got the booby juice for the baby.)

The third stage of labor

Stage 3 is the recovery period after birth that includes delivering the placenta. Contractions are more like surges that deliver the placenta. The hard work is over – it’s time to meet the baby!

It’s a time of excitement/joy/bliss/relief/all of the above! It’s after the pain, with a beautiful new baby in your arms – and you’ll get a chance to hold her too. You’ll be asked if you want to cut the cord (yay, you get something to do). The baby might breastfeed for the first time. You might get to witness a breastcrawl, where the baby is on mom’s belly and shimmies over to a boob to start nursing. (This is also the time when you’ll start referring to breasts as boobs and boobies.)

This is a very special time to be with your baby – measuring, weighing and all that can wait because you’ll never have this special time again. The baby’s not going to get bigger or smaller in just a few hours.

the third stage of labor

Is there a fourth stage of labor?

Some folks split stage 3 into separate stages, one for delivery of the placenta and one for recovery. The placenta delivery happens within 20 minutes of birth. It doesn’t make sense to have a separate phase just for that when you’re already recovering. We’ll will stick to having 3 stages of labor.

Now you know the three stages of labor

We’ll be writing more about labor and delivery, so be sure to come back! You can also subscribe to our newsletter below and get updates delivered to your inbox. You’ll also get a birth preparation ebook and be notified when our upcoming course is ready.

Why’d we choose the name ‘Rock Star Dads’?

When we hatched the idea of helping and supporting other dads, a name was not high on our list of priorities. Our primary goal was to create  a class to help dads & partners navigate labor & childbirth successfully. But that’s just the beginning of the parenthood journey.

When brainstorming names, the idea of ‘rock star’ jumped out at me. What makes someone a rock  star? It’s not about fame – that’s what happens to some people after they become a rock star. And it’s not about a bad attitude or anything like that (those people aren’t rock  stars – they’re just jerks).

A real rock star is someone who blows us away with their performance. Music is powerful but it needs a great performer for that power to manifest. Sometimes a performer is so good that we forget about them and are entranced by the music. That requires some serious skill, along with a couple of other things.

All of these apply to all the Rock Star Dads out there too.

1. A rock star is someone who is skilled in their craft.

I’ve seen plenty of bands in my life. The best are the ones who are really friggin’ good at what they do. They sound as good – or better – live than they do in the studio. They’re tight as hell.

That doesn’t happen by accident – it takes practice to get that kind of skill. It’s all about putting in the time & effort to get better. People think that some folks are just more ‘talented’ than others. We don’t see them grinding away, practicing religiously. Skill doesn’t happen on its own; it starts & ends with dedication.

I thought of this about a partner prepping for the birth of their child, but this applies to parenting as a whole. You have to have a desire to get better and put in the time to do it. We don’t have to stay static and we can work to become better parents & partners.

2. They understand the concept of a team and how to work together.

In a band, there’s usually one lead singer, one lead guitarist, one bass player and one drummer. Some bands may have more singers or musicians but the idea is the same: everyone in the band has a role to play. And everyone understands that the sum is much, much greater than all of the parts.

I love going to open mic nights and hearing a singer belt out a classic with just their vocals and their guitar. But that same song can be so much more to it when you add in the bass & drums. By themselves the instruments are ok but together they’re powerful.

It’s normal for lead singers & guitarists to the lion’s share of the praise. But would they get that without the rest of the band? Nope. Would anyone want to listen to the singer or guitarist by themselves for two hours? Or would people want to hear the whole band?

I thought of this with birth in mind too. The mom-to-be is the lead singer- the star (and rightfully so, she does most of the work). The dad-to-be/partner is the bass player or drummer. Yeah, she’s going to get the attention but we have a big role to play – one that can make a huge difference in how the birth goes. Bass players and drummers are the Rock Star Dads of the music realm!

3. They have confidence.

This is what separates the rock star from the average musician. They have trust in themselves because they’ve put in the time. They know what they bring to the table. When it’s show time, they give it everything they’ve got. They know they might make a mistake – but that’s ok because they know they can move past it. That’s confidence.

Dads-to-be can bring confidence to birth too. By putting in the time, they know what they have to do. They know that their attitude will guide their birthing partner so they give everything they can throughout labor & delivery.

Realistically, Rock Star Dads know we’re going to make mistakes – especially when doing something for the first time. Know that you won’t be perfect. Prepare yourself the best you can and give it your best shot. Messing up a couple of notes won’t ruin a song. Forgetting a massage technique or forgetting to offer some water won’t ruin a birth. (hint: notes work ;)).

This confidence can reframe birth. It can go from a scary experience into one that is a tough and challenging, but doable. And ultimately rewarding, because you can take pride knowing you did your best. You helped your partner through one of the greatest experiences of her life. And you made a difference in the birth of your child.

Here’s the whole point of Rock Star Dads: YOU can be a rock star.

As long as she thinks so, that’s all that matters. Put in the time to get better because it will be well worth it in the end.

Father’s Day quotes for that extra special dad in your life

El Dia del Padre is upon us once more and it’s time again to celebrate dads with some Father’s day quotes. My favorite Father’s Day gift is a custom photo book Trisha made for me with pix of me and all the kids together. Well, almost all of them – I got it 5 months before #4 was born. He’s now 5 and  I need an updated version, which a certain someone is slacking on.

But I digress.

I like Father’s Day. It’s nice to get a special day and a little love from the fam. The handmade cards from the kids and an extra extra long hug. We’re not dads for the recognition but it’s nice when it happens. Plus, extra hugs from the kids is always a plus.

Here are some of our favorite Father’s Day quotes to celebrate

Here’s the quote that inspired our slogan

A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way. – Unknown

Scroll down for inspirational Father’s Day quotes too.

Funny Father’s Day Quotes

You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life, because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out. – Jerry Seinfeld

When you’re young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realize he’s just a regular guy who wears a cape. – Dave Attell

My daughter got me a World’s Best Dad mug. So we know she’s sarcastic. – Bob Odenkirk

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. – Mark Twain

I rescind my early statement, I could never fall in love with a girl who regularly poops her pants. I hadn’t met my daughter yet. – Dax Shepherd

I found out that I’m a pretty bad father. I make a lot of mistakes, and I don’t know what I’m doing. But my kids love me anyway. Louis CK

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. – James Dent

Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up. – Ray Romano

Inspirational dad quotes

Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. – Ann Geddes

My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad. – Beau Bridges

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. – Ruth E. Renkel

My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it. – Clarence Budington Kelland

Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song. – Pam Brown

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by the little scraps of wisdom. – Umberto Eco

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me. – Jim Valvano

It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. – Johann Friedrich von Schiller

No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you. And you open your eyes, look at what you’ve got, say Oh, my gosh, and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop. It’s not a question of choice. ― Marisa de los Santos

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. – Harry S. Truman

The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day. – M. Grundler

Love your family. Spend time, be kind & serve one another. Make no room for regrets. Tomorrow is not promised & today is short. – Unknown

The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature. – Antoine Francois Prevost

There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it. —George R. R. Martin

Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes. Marcus Zuzak

It’s a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realize that your heart is running around inside someone else’s body. ―Christopher Hitchens

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating. Too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.— John Wooden

A broke father who spends time with his children is better than a wealthy one who just sends checks.— Anonymous

When my father didn’t have my back, he had my hand.— Linda Poindexter

A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against she will judge all men.— Anonymous[note]Hey – it’s 2017 so we know that quotes about dads & daughters don’t just apply to daughters. We’re setting examples for our sons too.[/note]

It’s not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.– Ann Landers

Children don’t need more things. The best present they can get is a father who gets on the floor and plays with them.— Anonymous

As a father you must have the mindset that being a dad is your most important job.— Mark Merrill

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms even when his hands are empty.— Anonymous

Be the type of man you’d want your daughter to be with.— Anonymous[note]Ditto.[/note]

A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again.— Anonymous

What you teach your children, you also teach their children.— Anonymous

Every father should remember that one day his children will follow his example, not his advice.— Anonymous

My dad, like any coach, has always stressed the fundamentals. He taught me responsibility, accountability, and the importance of hard work. — Steve Young

Did any of these resonate with you? Change your perspective on parenting? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram 🙂