Classes for rookie dads expand on the Peninsula


YOU CAN PLAN AHEAD. (ANITA) AS WE CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY THIS WEEKEND A PROGRAM FOR DADS-TO-BE IS EXPANDING ON THE PENINSULA. (CHRIS) CHILD DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES FATHERHOOD PROGRAM IS NOW TEACHING DADS TO DIAPER, SWADDLE AND MORE IN NEWPORT NEWS. THEY’VE BEEN AROUND FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS IN WILLIAMSBURG- 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S STEPHANIE HARRIS WENT THERE TO FIND OUT WHY SOME DADS HAVE DRIVEN AN HOUR TO GET TO ONE OF THESE CLASSES. (STEPHANIE) MODERN DAY DAD’S ARE TAKING ON MORE ACTIVE ROLES AT HOME, OFTEN JUGGLING A LOT BETWEEN FAMILY AND WORK. (STEPHANIE) AND FOR A MAN WHO HAS NEVER BEEN AROUND BABIES OR WHO MAYBE DIDN’T HAVE A DAD AT HOME GROWING UP — BEING ALONE WITH A CUTE LITTLE BABY CAN BE A BIG SCARY SITUATION. (STEPHANIE HARRIS) NATS BOUNCING BALL TO WATCH JEFF CARROLL WITH HIS BOYS NOW …. KEEP KEEP YOUR SHOES ON YOU’D NEVER KNOW HE WAS ONCE ANXIOUS ABOUT ADOPTING A NEWBORN. THROUGHOUT MY CAREER I’VE WORKED FROM ELEMENTRAY THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL BUT NEVER BIRTH TO FIVE SO THAT WAS A WHOLE NEW ADVENTURE FOR ME THIS HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ENROLLED IN A ROOKIE DAD CLASS AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL. ‘ITS NICE TO BE ABLE TO ASK ANOTHER MAN WHO’S BEEN THROUGH IT WITHOUT BEING EMBARRASSED AND ASK HOW DO YOU DO THIS OR HOW DO YOU DO THAT HE LEARNED CHILD SAFETY, HOW TO SWADDLE A NEWBORN AND CHANGE A DIAPER. ( LAUGHS) “I GOT BETTER WITH EXPERIENCE WHY DON’T WE JUST LEAVE IT AT THAT (LAUGHS) HE GAINED CONFIDENCE TO TAKE OVER NIGHTIME FEEDINGS AND TOOK ADVANTAGE OF CONTINUING CLASSES. THOSE TURNED OUT TO BE A BLESSING HE COULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED. 16:08 IT WAS OVERWHELMIGN WHEN HE FIRST GOT DIAGOSED PETER JOSEPH’S AWKWARD ARMY CRAWL CONCENED JEFF – THROUGH THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE CLASSES HE GOT THE BABY SCREENED. THE DIAGNOSIS WAS A FORM OF CEREBAL PALSEY — BUT YOU’D NEVER KNOW IT TODAY. BOOM CHICKA BOOM BOOM CHICA BOOM HE NO LONGER QUALIFIES FOR SPECIAL SERVICES AT SCHOOL. ITS ALL BECAUSE OF CDR AND THOSE EARLY INTERVENTIONS WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE THEY CHANGED HIS LIFE SO IF YOU ASK HIS KIDS.. HE’S A GOOD DAD THOSE FREE PARENTING CLASSES JUST REALLY AWESOME REALLY PAID OFF. (STEPHANIE) THE CLASSES WITH CHILD DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES ARE OFFERED AT SENTARA WILLIAMSBURG, NOW AT RIVERSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IN NEWPORT NEWS AND THERE ARE PLANS TO BEGIN AT MARY IMMACULATE IN NEWPORT NEWS IN OCTOBER. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SIGN UP GO TO WAVY,COM STEPHANIE HARRIS 10 ON YOUR SIDE.

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