If you happened to stumble upon the USA Today (today), then you might have noticed my buddy and NYC Dads Group member Josh Kross pictured on the front page, with his adorable 4-month old daughter Violet. Josh is the epitome of an at-home dad (or at-home-parent for that matter)- juggling 3 young kids with confidence, toting them to school or playdates with friends, keeping a tidy home, and still carving out some personal time to meet the guys out for an occasional burger and a beer or to manage his elite fantasy football team. So if you know this guy, you might be surprised to see the words “men going through hormonal changes” next to his picture.
If you were to explore further, you would find this interesting USA Today article, Daddy Brain: Dad’s Hormones Change Too, During Pregnancy by Liz Szabo, about studies that show the hormonal changes that men go through before, during, and after childbirth. As my friend Matt S. simply stated, “Liz Szabo might be the first mainstream journalist that is looking at fatherhood issues with any depth.” Great point! She certainly explores a topic few have ventured into and highlights the work of neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, author of The Male Brain, recently released in March.
This topic of how the male brain is impacted by having a child sent me into a period of reflection – did I really change, emotionally, as a result of our son? YES and YES to this fact below:
Brizendine claims that, “Tests show that men actually get better at hearing a baby’s cry — zeroing in on the sound and responding to it — as the due date of their own child approaches.”
Huge props need to go out to the dad blogosphere legend, Brian Reid over at RebelDad, as he played an instrumental role in putting the pieces together for the NYC Dads Group to participate in this story. Also, nice to hear some wise words by Phil Andrew of the Lincoln-Omaha Dads Group & master-organizer of the annual at home dads convention.
The USA Today comment board has been pretty harsh on this article. That said, please feel free to add your positive or negative feedback. We can take it…