fathers and attachment podcast episode

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

#20: Babies Need Diversity: Fathers and Attachment

with Dr. Josh Thompson


Fathers play an important and complicated role in their family. Not too long ago, fathers were expected to provide financially, and not much else. Boy how things have changed! Now, a father is considered a good one if he takes an active role in parenting and keeping house, splitting the responsibilities and duties with his partner. How can fathers learn from the way things used to be while embracing the new way of parenting? How can they interact with their babies and toddlers to create lasting bonds?

Josh Tompson podcast guest

In this episode, I talk to Dr. Josh Thompson about the crucial role that fathers play in creating diversity in a baby’s life, plus how their partners can support and encourage the unique bond between father and child.

Dr. Thompson is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at Texas A&M University. His professional mission is to promote and protect child-like wonder and love of learning in everyone he meets.


Here’s a glance at this episode…

  • [03:04] Thinking about our own parents
  • [06:29] Recent changes and trends in a father’s role
  • [08:51] The different ways men interact with young children
  • [12:36] How to find community in times like these
  • [18:48] Receiving accolades for being an engaged dad
  • [21:31] The physiological work of bearing a child
  • [24:15] How fathers can create an attachment to their baby
  • [25:52] When your child seems to prefer your partner over you

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