Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daddy Time Pt. 2

Jude's turn for Daddy time. Jude is four, he is still at the age where he is not that opinionated about where we go and what we do on Daddy time. But one of his favorite places is the park. We played a little Frisbee, fed the ducks, and did some swinging.

I have done a variety of things with the children over the years on Daddy time. We have gone to parks and acted like spies while we watched a rec league softball game behind rocks, trees, and bushes. We have gone to park in the dark and played hide and go seek. We have played nerf gun wars. We have taken our bikes and road until we were tired. We've gone to entertainment places and played put-put and select video games. We have gone to book stores grabbed a book and drew the same picture together. We have locked ourselves in a room in the house and built forts with blocks.....and on and on and on.

There is something we always start with rather we are in the car, walking, or riding bikes and that is the Daddy song. Especially when we are in the car we sing it at the top of our lungs.

Well it's daddy Jude time! It's daddy Jude time! Hi-ho-a-merry-O it's daddy Jude time. Turn down your speakers. :-)

There are some light ground rules for daddy time. I typically don't take or make calls on my cell phone. I limit my conversation with other people while we are out so I can give my child my undivided attention. I sit and listen and basically do what ever they want within limits. Sometimes we go have a cheap snack sometimes we don't. I hold their hands, carry them, hug them, whatever I can for them to feel my physical strength. Yes, even the boys! Boys need to feel the physical strength of their fathers, it breeds security in their inner most being.

We always end with reading something out of the book of Proverbs in the Bible. Since Proverbs was a book written from a father to his child, it is full of wisdom nuggets to pass on to my children. We are only on Proverbs chp 8 after all these years. The quantity is not important but the content and discussion is where it really gets good. We have discussed subjects from loaning money to avoiding sexual impurity. THE BIBLE HAS IT ALL! It is the the instruction manual for parenting. Like I said in Part 1 of this blog, God desires all Fathers to turn their hearts to their children. Malachi 4:6 "And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers..." I am learning that in order to have my children's heart they must have mine.

I love Daddy Time it is a great way to start off the week. I get the opportunity to tie relationships strings that can never be seared. Since my wife and I have multiple children this tradition is a must for me, because I have the tendency to lump all the children together and their individual personalities get lost in the crowd. This gives the child freedom to open up without feeling they have to compete with another sibling. We are typically together for at least 2 hours, so the child gets time to bring up all types of things to talk about. So what are some of the things we have talked about?

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