There will be very little down time for this daddy on Father's Day. Put the remote away. Forget about putting my feet up. Exercise? No way. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
I've got a lot of work to do this Father's Day. In fact, I've got a lot of work to do every day. We all know that fatherhood is a full-time job and by full-time I mean 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are several things that each dad should do each day — no matter the weather, your mood, the money in your bank account, or how much free time you have. Consider this a father's to-do list. And what better day to begin than Father's Day?
1. Be demonstrative
Some men find it challenging to show their affection, but it's vital for kids to feel and hear that affection from their fathers. It is not a sign of weakness for a man to show his love through words or actions. In fact, it's a deep sign of the comfort and bond we share with our children.
2. Break a sweat
Get physical with your kids. It's fun for them and good for you, too.
3. Kiss and hug your wife
When you show your wife affection, it reinforces the stability of your marriage and shows your children how a loving couple acts. What a great example to set!
4. Get on the ground
Kids spend so much time looking up — at you, at everything in their world — that it's important for you to get down on their level. See what they see and it just might change your perspective. Plus, this allows your kids to see you eye to eye...and getting a little dirty can be lots of fun!
5. Read to your kids
We all know the life-long benefits of reading. If your children see that reading is priority for you, it will likely be a priority for them as well.
6. Put away the iPad / iPhone / iPod
This one is tough. Look around any park and you will see parents glued to their ubiquitous computers or phones while their kids play a short distance away. There is nothing — absolutely nothing — on Twitter that is more important than spending quality time with your kids.
Parenting is hard work — all parents know that. The stresses and struggles can be daunting but we need to shield our children from that as much as possible. It might sound easy, but sometimes we have to remind ourselves to do something simple as putting on a happy face.
Are you ever envious of the ease with which kids play and float from one fantasy to the next? Our kids give us license to be that free again. We can float on clouds and pretend to be in faraway places. Besides, there's no one else I'd rather be on that journey with than my wife and kids.
9. Get silly
Dance. Sing. Talk with a foreign accent. It doesn't matter if you can actually do any of those things. It only matters that your kids see you as a fun-loving, relaxed human being. We have so much responsibility as parents that it can be a chore to switch into clown mode. We have to do it to instill playfulness into the lives of our children.
These 9 things are simple, easy and fun. Best of all, they'll provide positive life-long memories for your kids. Take the oath this Father's Day!