Bonding with kids as a military dad

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Bonding with kids as a military dad

I'm an expectant father. I'm about to be deployed in the military. I'm going to be gone for a year. My wife is pregnant. What am I supposed to do with this? How am I supposed to maintain a relationship or start a relationship with the child? And the most important thing you can do is record yourself in some way, whether that's video or audio or some combination of the two, reading a story, telling a story, anything at all that your partner can play to the baby before the baby is actually born because she can put the speakers up against the belly and you can have a kind of talking to your baby before birth experience. That will get your voice into the baby's head. And after birth, she can continue to play that; she can show the videos of you reading, of you talking about your life as a kid, of you holding up really terrific stuffed animals. Whatever it is, your baby's not going to be able to understand a thing of that, but what the process is for your baby to start hearing your voice, understanding your voice, and seeing you so when you come walking in the door, instead of walking into a completely unfamiliar place and instead of you being a complete stranger, there's a really good chance that your baby's gonna hear your voice and turn to look at you as a familiar person.

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Armin Brott

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A former Marine, Armin Brott has devoted the last 15 years to providing men with the tools, support, and knowledge to help them become the fathers they want to be—and their families need them to be. His seven critically acclaimed books for fathers have sold well over a million copies. Titles include The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be and The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year. He has written on fatherhood for hundreds of newspapers and magazines and is a frequent guest on such television programs as the Today Show. He also writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column (Ask Mr. Dad), and hosts a syndicated radio show (Positive Parenting). He lives with his family in Oakland, California.

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