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Fatherhood Begins Before Birth: Nurturing the Seeds of Presence from Preconception to Parenthood

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Embracing the Depths of Fatherhood: My Journey to Emotional Presence

Embracing fatherhood is an incredibly beautiful journey, but it's not just about being physically present; it's about being emotionally present too. ❤️ 

Sometimes, I catch myself saying I want to be a present father, but then I realise, how can I truly be one if I'm not even present with myself? I understood that becoming a present father for me begins with self-awareness and self-compassion. It's about acknowledging my own needs, fears, and dreams. It's about prioritising myself first in order to be able to give more to others.

Preconception: The Foundation of Mindful Parenthood & How it Begins Before Birth

I took the time to understand myself on a deeper level, to become better equipped to connect with my daughter on a deeper level. 🧡 

At Storka we like to say that parenthood begins before birth - it actually starts the day we decide that we want to become parent one day. I myself implemented this in practice, and used my preconception phase as a golden opportunity to learn and practice the art of being present with myself, to explore self-care, self-compassion and implementing wellness practices that help me ground and be present as a person, friend, partner and parent - in this sense, fatherhood really does begin before birth.

This journey is not about perfection. It's about finding balance between my own needs and the responsibilities of fatherhood. It's about learning to be patient, kind, and understanding, not only with my daughter but also with myself. In those moments when I take a step back, reflect, and practice self-care, I become a more present, mindful, and nurturing father. I encourage all fathers and aspiring fathers out there to remember that the love and attention we give ourselves have a ripple effect, directly nurturing our relationships with our children. As I reflect on my first year as a father, one learning is that my daughter observes everything I am doing, including how I take care of myself.

Embarking on the Journey with Storka: a Free Gift for You

At Storka, we deeply understand the interconnectedness of self-care and the capacity to give care. Through our comprehensive Preconception Wellness Programme and personalised coaching, we are committed to guiding future mothers and fathers on this transformative journey. Our programme is meticulously designed to nurture your well-being mindfully, consciously, and intentionally, ensuring that your journey to parenthood is as enriching and aware as it is natural. We empower you to love and prioritise yourself, recognising that this self-love is not just a personal triumph but a foundational element of being an emotionally present, loving, and conscious parent.

Unlock the door to a deeper understanding of your preconception journey with our FREE thoughtfully crafted questionnaire. This isn't just a questionnaire; it's a powerful tool for introspection and personal growth, meticulously designed by Ingrid and I to illuminate your path to parenthood. With each question, you're investing in a future where intention and awareness pave the way for a healthier, more fulfilled family life. Embrace this opportunity to nurture your journey with wisdom and care.

We have no access to your answers at all - this exercise is 100% for YOU ❤️



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