As a special preview of the LA Baby Show, coming up on the weekend of November 5-6, we have interviewed or profiled many of the Show’s vendors and participants. You can read all about them on this Show blog, but of course the real fun is experiencing the Baby Show in person.
Tickets to the Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual, and can be purchased here.
There are so many services dedicated to help women become the best moms they can possibly be. However, for a long time, new dads were often left to fend for themselves, navigating fatherhood and new family dynamics with little to no experience with little kids. That is why Boot Camp for New Dads was created, because dads need help too.
To learn more about Boot Camp for New Dads, we spoke with Greg and Alison Bishop.
For someone unfamiliar with Boot Camp for New Dads, how would you describe the company’s mission and its core offerings?
Our workshops have a Coach, and about 10 rookie dads-to-be being oriented by 3-4 veteran dads who previously attended as rookies; they bring their babies for show and tell. The veterans focus on the issues they found most important, describe their experiences, and answer a litany of questions. After being immersed in the life of new dads and their babies for 3 hours, the rookies leave thinking “I can do this.” We do this for new moms too, and our mission is to help new dads and moms get a great start on forming their family together.
What is the background of Boot Camp?
In 1990, after helping raise nine brothers and sisters (12 siblings in total) and four children of my own, I was very good with babies and decided to help new dads get up to speed on them. I started Boot Camp for New Dads by recruiting rookies through the local hospital and asking some friends with babies to join me as vets. Soon the original rookies started cycling back as vets, and in 1995, I started training other coaches around the country.
The workshops still function the same way, but the issues – what the veterans found most important – expanded from babies to include mothers, team work, balance, etc.
What are the most popular and/or newest services from Boot Camp for New Dads?
The Boot Camp for New Dads workshop has been the nation’s most popular for dads-to-be for decades; Boot Camp for New Moms has added a whole new dimension for both the moms, and for our new dads’ understanding of new mothers. It just won the top prize in the TED/Clinique Smart Ideas Contest. It quickly became apparent that when both dad and mom-to-be attended their respective workshops, something special happened between them – real collaboration on the essential issues new parents confront together.
What sets Boot Camp for New Dads apart from other parenting assistance companies?
Our veterans are our secret sauce; they understand how to best support the rookies due to their own experience as rookies. They give back and treat the rookies in the same respectful manner that they experienced. A high degree of trust is quickly established between these men. The veterans who volunteer set a high bar for the new guys, and build their confidence to help them clear it.
What should parents expect to see from Boot Camp for New Dads at the LA Baby Show?
Both parents-to-be and new parents will get a quick overview of what we have learned from new moms and dads, starting with how to avoid joining the 2/3rds of new parents whose relationships head south when the baby arrives. Experienced dads will offer their suggestions for starting out, and questions from dads will be answered.
To find out more about Boot Camp for New Dads, check out bootcampfornewdads.com