Boot Camp for New Dads® (BCND)
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About This Program
Target Population: Dads-to-be in the months surrounding their baby's birth
For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 0
Boot Camp for New Dads® (BCND, also known as Daddy Boot Camp®) is a unique father-to-father, community-based workshop that inspires and equips men of different economic levels, ages, and cultures to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and personally navigate their transformation into dads.
BCND directly addresses shaken baby syndrome, including explaining what it is and how to avoid getting in a situation that could lead to shaken baby syndrome. The idea of “if you feel yourself getting angry or frustrated, put the baby down in a safe place and leave the room” is emphasized and often Veteran Dads give advice and tips on how to deal with a crying baby to help mitigate those situations. Boot Camp also reinforces the positive role an involved, loving father has in his child’s life which impacts the child’s future in a variety of positive ways
The goals of Boot Camp for New Dads® (BCND) are:
- Increase knowledge...
- Men will know more about how they can benefit their wives and babies.
- Men's problem-solving strategies will shift from a narrow to broad perspective.
- Increase self-image...
- Men will develop a view of parenting as a masculine activity, consistent with their identity.
- Men will be inspired to be as good as (or better than) the veterans.
- Men will understand they will have their own individual style.
- Set expectations and increase confidence...
- Men will have a higher expectation of their own responsibility as parents.
- Men will know what to be prepared for.
- Men will be ready to be proactive.
- Men’s attitudes will shift from being “prepared to survive” the transition to being “eager to master” it.
- Men will know that it’s okay to make mistakes and that when they do, they will try again.
- Men will say to themselves, “I think I know what to do to accomplish this.”
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013
Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2018
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2012