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Dad Days

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Dad-DayMy son is adorable and I enjoy watching him laugh. Even after the long day at work I make it a point to spend quality time with him as soon as I can when I get home. He usually smiles and I feel like I’m a big toy for him: playing, talking and crawling around on the floor. I think it is good quality time which is important to establish a loving relationship. I get extra time on weekends and I usually get to greet him with a smile in the morning. As days and weeks go by I still don’t feel that it’s enough so I have decided that I am going to make a new set of holidays.

Welcome to the very important Dad Days at my house. My plan is for this amazing “holiday”  to happen throughout the year. It starts by taking a day off and making a big deal out of spending quality time with my son. As he gets older, the activities will change, but the importance of having quality parent time and allowing for some big kid time of my own are what matter on Dad Days. I didn’t have much of a relationship with my dad and now that he is gone I can’t fix that. What I can do is establish this relationship with my son so that when he is older we can talk and grow together.

My first Dad Day was on a Friday and we spent most of our day exploring our house on the floor. We also played with the dogs and read books and talked. I’m still unsure what my son is babbling about, but it is great to have eye contact and be engaged in each other’s presence. I only hope that the continuance of this holiday will establish a foundation for when he gets older.

Author: Archer

Archer is the oldest of 4 boys and first time dad. He uses his experiences of years of scouting, camping, and sports along with the most amazing wife to be the best parent and teacher for their son. Parenting has been like running day camp. It’s all about the (participant)boy, always changing and evolving. It takes, planning, skill, patience, and lots of humor and fun. Giving his son the most experiences to discover his place in the world with loving support is what this “super dad” want-to-be strives to do each day. Archer is School-Age Coach at 4C for Children in the Miami Valley.

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