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Dads 101: Gives new dads a confidence boost

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  • By Airman Landon Gunsauls
  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs

The Airman and Family Readiness Center regularly assists with the needs of Airmen and one recently reborn course helps take that assistance a step further.

Workers hosted “Dads 101,” an event to help new and expecting fathers at F.E. Warren in the AFRC, April 18, 2022.

Dads 101 is a program that F.E. Warren has hosted before, but has only recently begun to offer again. Amy Meyer, a worker at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center, organized and ran the program for the first time fathers.

“I think it helps a new dad to have some mentorship and that’s what we’re providing here. We’ll have dads that speak from firsthand experience,” said Meyer, “I think the more prepared people can be, the less problematic it can be after having a newborn. It helps to be prepared.”

Lee Prophitt, a stay at home dad and one of the event’s volunteer speakers, spoke on some of the difficulties of fatherhood and how to approach being a new dad with confidence.

“I know what I was like before my first son was born. I was not really sure how I was going to be as adaptive, and then you see him or her and you’re just like, okay, I’m all in,” Prophitt said, “I know everybody has different experiences, but you can grow into it. Don’t stress when you’re trying to figure it out.”

The Dads 101 program currently is planned to be offered twice a year, and the next event is planned for September 2022.