How to Be the Dad Your Kids Want (and Need) Around

How to Be the Dad Your Kids Want (and Need) Around

Once upon a not-so-distant time, in the bustling city of London, there lived a man named George. Now, George wasn't a prince or a wizard, but in the eyes of his two little munchkins, he might as well have been King of the Jungle and the greatest magician around. Despite being a high-flying lawyer, he somehow always found the time to swap his suit for superhero capes, create magical fortresses from bed sheets, and even get down to the nitty-gritty of solving those pesky maths problems. How did he manage all this? Simple. He'd unlocked the secrets of being an involved father.

And luckily for you, we've managed to borrow George's playbook. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let's break down the steps to becoming an involved father.

Step 1: Be Present, And Not Just in a Hide-and-Seek Game

First things first, being there for your kids goes beyond showing up at parent-teacher meetings or cheering at soccer games (though these things are important, too). It means genuinely being present, ready to engage with them, physically and emotionally. You might not have the power to freeze time, but setting aside device-free periods shows your little ones that they're your priority. So next time you're tempted to check emails during dinner, remember the age-old wisdom: the best present is being present.

Step 2: Tune in to Their Frequency

Remember when you were a kid and your parents just "didn't get it"? Well, don't be that parent. If your child is into dinosaurs, be ready to distinguish a Triceratops from a T-Rex. If they're on a ballet spree, brush up your pliés and jetés. Showing interest in their hobbies is a fantastic way to connect and show you care.

Step 3: Academics: A Bonding Opportunity in Disguise

Homework might bring on groans from your little one, but it can also serve as a bonding opportunity. Partnering with them on a school project or helping them with their homework shows your involvement in their academic life. But remember, it's not about getting the answers right. It's about fostering a love for learning and showing them it's okay to ask for help.

Step 4: The Emotional Rollercoaster Ride

Teenage tantrums and toddler meltdowns can test your patience. The secret? Understand that their feelings are as real as yours. Validate them. Teach them to express their emotions positively. A comforting word, a soothing hug can make a world of difference. Yes, sometimes you might feel like you're negotiating with a pint-sized dictator, but remember, emotional intelligence is a gift that will serve them well throughout their lives.

That's it! You're now equipped with George's secrets to being an involved father. But before you dash off to play the next round of pirates and princesses, we've got one last piece of advice. If you're wondering how to spice things up, we've got you covered. Consider our "Dad's Bucket List" card game. It's chock-full of fun activities and bonding experiences that will not only keep you engaged with your kids but will also make you the coolest dad around (second only to George, of course).

So, go on, take a peek at The Dad's Bucket List card game. You're not just buying a game; you're investing in countless moments of joy, laughter, and love with your children. Because at the end of the day, it's not just about being an involved father; it's about creating memories that your kids will cherish forever. After all, isn't that what being a dad is all about?

Tiffany daSilva

Tiffany DaSilva is the founder of and lover of all things self care, chihuahuas and cross stitch. You can read her posts about how she handles the day to day using mindfulness and self care here on Pitter Patter! Flowjo's lifestyle blog.

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