How do you wear a baby carrier like a real man? Pretty simply:
1) Be a man.
2) Wear a baby carrier.
After having kids, Nick Firchau says he spent his days wondering what the hell he was doing. He needed some guidance, but found that parenting wasn’t a topic that men commonly discussed. So the veteran sports journalist decided to launch the kind of “dad podcast” that he wished he could hear.
In Paternal, Firchau has frank, in-depth conversations with all sorts of fathers, including a US soccer star, a pioneering Seattle DJ and a New York Knicks barber. Discussion topics have ranged from raising black kids in Trump’s America to protecting the emotional complexities of young boys to fathering without a father.
While recording the interviews, Firchau says he’s always thinking about how he can apply the lessons and insights to his own family. Here’s how he parents.
Author Catherynne Valente discovered a passage in New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding — a book written in 2002, not 1952, mind you — that reads: “Fathers, if your wife is having trouble or pain, step in and adjust her technique, reminding her that successful breastfeeding is a priority for the development of the child and the formation of your new family!” Her reaction? No.
Every man can attest to the debilitating pain that even the slightest glancing blow inflicts on our dangly bits, but fathers of young kids are particularly vulnerable. Those little limbs flailing at full speed -- shudder. GQ has advice for staying on the offence when wearing a chest carrier. Their recommendation? A defensive hand in your pocket.