Design For Life: Why am I awaiting my first child with dread?
This week, mental health expert Dr Harry Barry advises a reader experiencing stress ahead of the birth of his first child
My partner and I are expecting our first child, and everyone keeps telling me this is the most exciting time of my life. I’m going along with it, but inside I feel a sense of dread and fear. I had a very difficult childhood and there is no doubt in my mind that I don’t have good parenting models to work off. My father left us when I was...
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