Some time ago, I presented a workshop at the Melbourne Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo.
17 years earlier I attended this same event as a new dad.
They were sat in the café holding bags or boxes of goodies, supping a latte, checking their bank balance as their expectant partner roamed the stalls.
Sure, some guys had dazed looks absorbing the hundreds of services, products and toys on display.
Others were engaged with fresh-faced exhibitors being seduced by their discounts and hype.
There were men talking animatedly with stallholders, carrying their newborns, testing out the latest all-terrain strollers, taking their young ones to the animal enclosure and popping along to the workshops.
These guys listened, talked and made notes.
They reflected on hopes and dreams for their pregnancy, birth and relationship moving forward into parenthood.
Men also influence the depth of intimacy with their partner by sharing their thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, fears and vulnerabilities.
He can be single or married; employed or stay-at home; gay or straight; an adoptive or step-parent.
There are many other areas of life where men show up including their work, community, faith and sporting activities.
Here’s a guide: