If expectant or new moms are seen in our culture as glowing and blissful as they enter parenthood, dads tend to be the opposite. The assumption -- however old school -- that the foray into fatherhood freaks guys out remains popular. From the minute that little positive sign appears on a pregnancy test, their thoughts must be racing a mile a minute, right?
Well ... maybe. Not every dad is freaking out, but more than half of American men report feeling completely unprepared for being a father, according to Will Courtenay, PhD, LCSW, author of Dying to Be Men and founder of the website SadDaddy.com. There's good news, though: "There’s really nothing extraordinary that’s required to bolster their confidence as fathers," says Courtenay.
In fact, the experts had some pretty simple fixes when The Stir polled fathers on their biggest anxieties about being a dad: