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Our little family is pretty traditional. The Dad (that’s Paul) works full time, while Mum (that’s me) works part time and stays home with the kids. While kid wrangling is exhausting I am very lucky to be able to soak up extra giggles, cuddles, stories and special moments during my days at home with the kids.
According to a recent survey* commissioned by Fisher-Price of Aussie Dads, many would choose to be a stay at home father if they could (43%). I guess that’s why many Dads (41%) see play as a big part of their role as a father – when there is not much time to be had then it’s best to spend it having fun! Here are eight simple ways for Dads to do just that.
Eight Simple Ways for Dads to Connect with Their Kids
Kick a ball
Or throw or roll or hit. Just get outside, run around and play together. Paul shares his love of soccer with Pebble. She calls it “Daddy football” and gives it a red hot go. She’s not bad, either!
Like many Dads, Paul’s weekends are often absorbed with jobs around the house. Kill two birds with one stone by getting some jobs done together. Sure, it might take twice as long but it will be twice the fun.
Snuggle up with a book, get under the covers and watch a movie, or build a cubby and get comfy together.
I love listening to the shrieking giggles bouncing around the house when Pebble and Paul wrestle together. Tickling is also very good fun.
Go to the nearest creek, forest, beach or parkland and go exploring. Make collections, hunt for creatures and marvel at nature together.
Pull up some weeds, plant some seeds, water the plants. Get grubby and tick a few jobs off your list at the same time.
Include your kids in your day to day routine. They might like to help you shave (electric razors only, please!), have a shower together, or play a game while you get ready for work. Pebble always has a play on our bed while Paul is getting changed for work. This gives them a little snippet of time to chat and laugh together (and wrestle, see above!).
Listen to your kids. Do what they want to do. Let them lead the play. Give them your undivided attention. No phones, no TV, just you and them, playing and getting to know each other (I could do with the reminder to put my phone down too!).
Whether you’re a Dad or a Mum, you can share your parenting moments with the new Fisher-Price app being launched in September. Visit www.fisher-price.com.au to join the conversation.
* The research was conducted by Pure Profile with 500 dads nationwide who had children under 5 years old in May 2013
Wishing everyone a very Happy Father’s Day this weekend xx