Just in time for Father’s Day - our first “Dad’s Point of View” guest column by Daniel, Creative Services Group Manager, KinderCare
Every so often my wife has all-day seminars on Saturdays, leaving me with the million-dollar question. What am I going to do with my two boys all day?
My sons’ names are Derek and Miles, but we call them Diggy and Dash, respectively. Diggy is my oldest (almost 6) and he would love to watch back-to-back-to-back episodes of Ninjago all day. My youngest, Dash, is 1 ½ and more than a handful. He takes pride in his ability to find trouble on a regular basis. His perfect day would be spending it with mommy.
When I know I have a big weekend with the boys I start thinking of potential activities starting on Thursday. If the weather is going to be good I try to plan as many outside activities as possible. When the weather is not so great I have to get creative. I start with the community calendar on my city’s website to see if there are any free activities, shows, demonstrations, etc. going on. If there is something good, we plan our day around that. If not, I go back to my standard routine:
- 7:48 a.m. – Make breakfast. Diggy is old enough to make his own breakfast, so I usually encourage him to do so. This decision depends on how much clean-up I want to do afterwards.
- 9 a.m. – We have a gym close to our house so after breakfast we spend time swimming, playing basketball or playing in the kids’ area. Dash loves the play area; the swimming pool…not so much.
- 10:35 a.m. – Then we go to Home Depot. On the first weekend of the month they have a workshop for kids. This is a great time to teach the boys how to work with their hands. They are challenged with using a screwdriver, glue and a small hammer and I am challenged with keeping my fingers out of harm’s way.
- 11:45 a.m. – After Home Depot we go to the fire station to look at fire trucks. The firemen are great with kids and if they have time, they let my boys sit in the driver’s seat of the fire truck, which never gets old.
- 12:30 p.m. – It’s lunch and naptime. I start reading the boys stories and before I know it, we are all waking and ready for the afternoon.
- 2:51 p.m. – In the afternoon we go to the library. The amount of time we spend at the library is dependent on Dash’s ability to stay somewhat quiet. This ranges from an hour (best case scenario) to about 5 minutes. The library has tons of resources for kids, from free tickets to the children’s museum or the zoo to book readings and workshops.
- 3:45 p.m. – Later in the afternoon we do some things that Daddy likes. It’s about time for a snack, and what’s better than a trip to the ice cream parlor? I never get any pushback from the kids on this activity.
- 4:15 p.m. – Then we go to one of my favorite places in the world: Best Buy. Diggy always wants to see what games are on the computers and Dash loves to listen to music and look at the CD covers. I usually pick an area in the store and get one of the experts on staff to talk to Diggy about the new technologies.
- 5:30 p.m. – By now I wonder where the day went, and it’s about time for the wife to get out of her seminar. We race home from Best Buy and frantically try to straighten up the house before she arrives. This is harder than it looks because as Diggy slowly puts his toys in a basket, Dash is taking them out at a faster clip.
When my wife comes in, she always has a look on her face like she didn’t think I would make it through the day with the boys all by myself. I ask her how her day was and talk about all the things we did (leaving out the trip to Best Buy and the ice cream parlor) and tell her the boys were angels. Although it was a super easy experience, I’ll probably be going to bed early tonight (7:54 p.m.)