Day 325: Top Ten Tips for New Dads from Daniel Tomasulo, PHD, Tip 10

10. Love, love, and then some more love.

Mammalian love is a complex interaction of biochemistry and behavior. Mammals are unique in this regard because we are predisposed to care for each other.  This isn’t true of all species.  Consider the reptiles–they eat their young. But as mammals we are hardwired to love and care for each other.  No one would argue against the fact that mothers have more of this than fathers, but what dads may not have instinctually they can easily develop.  The neuroscientists have shown some interesting data that suggests that when parents and children interact, their limbic systems, the emotional part of the brain, actually resonate and adjust to each other. This means that after a while both you and your baby become attuned to the presence of the other.

And that is the kind of harmony that can last a lifetime.

Top Ten Tips for New Dads from Daniel Tomasulo, PHD

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/06/19/10-tips-for-new-fathers/

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