Here’s some thoughts for dads across the country who are looking for ways to give their wives a break for Mother’s Day.
Apparently I’ve learned a few things about being dad over the last ten years. At least I have my wife fooled. One of the most roadworthy things I’ve picked up since we became a family of three, and now seven, is the value of simple things in the relationship between my children and I. Heading toward the summer season I thought I would share three of the uncomplicated strategies that have not only passed time but helped draw us closer.
- Tell a joke, tickle an unsuspecting son/daughter, sing a silly song, turn you son upside down – I know that impromptu silly songs might not be your style and maybe your kid is not ticklish. The strategy here is laugh with your kids. Life is full of honey do’s and tasks to be accomplished but no time is a bad time to laugh together with your kids.
- Build something- you do not have to be mechanical or gifted in design to build castles out of a box of popsicles or stack wood blocks to make a tall tower. Consider if you have any hand tools that you can teach a son or daughter to use. They love the privilege of using dad’s tools and that makes them feel special. Even if they don’t become a master carpenter over night, they will bond over tools or hands on activities. Jessie loved to work on cars and build with her dad.
- Go for a bike ride, walk, or hike together – This always seems like an adventure to my kids and helps break up the day. It is even more fun if you can plan a trip (15 minutes can be a trip in the mind of a kid). My kids always love it if we get to bring water bottles or a snack on the trip. Often times on longer trips, our break part way through or at the end is a great chance for a meaningful talk in an unusual place.
It seems like the most effective methods for building relationship and having fun with my kids are always simple. It’s fun to go on vacation together, see a movie, or visit an amusement park but many of the best moments I’ve had with my children were far simpler than that.
Read the next in this dad blog series. Family Discipleship Simplified