Daddy On Duty – I’m On ‘Maternity’ Leave Canada!
Daddy On Duty – I’m On ‘Maternity’ Leave Canada!
Let me start by introducing myself: I’m Andrew, Dr. Dina’s husband. As many of you know we just had a our 3rd boy, 3/5 of the way to a starting NBA line up, although with our collective heights we would have a team whose height would only rival that of Spud Webb or Mugsy Bogues.
Let me start by saying I love being a Dad, it is what I am most proud of. The boys and I have the best time together. I would say being a Dad has come naturally to me; I sorta fell into a good rhythm after Dyl was born which continued on with Ry and now with J.
I get to act super goofy with the kids, wrestle with them and teach them all about life.
I’m the type of Dad who isn’t afraid to be left alone to care for the kids; I relish this time. I get to act super goofy with the kids, wrestle with them and teach them all about life. Ok so they are a little young for many life lessons, but nothing beats hearing a band consisting of a 4 and 2 year-old belting out the Who’s, ‘Who Are You’, or Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. In my opinion being a Dad Rocks!!!
I recently decided to take Paternal Leave, and so far it has been a great choice. Every morning, I get to put our eldest on the bus to school, and then I get to walk Ry to school. This past week, I even started a new trend…using a sled to transport Ryan to and from school. Lets face it pushing a stroller through a snow and slush is a pain in the ass, but a sled runs right on top. Ever since I did it last week, I have seen more and more people imitating me. I have always been a trendsetter.
I also decided that it is time to provide a Dad’s point-of-view to DrDina.ca, because if there are 2 things that I know really well, its Dr. Dina and being an awesome dad. Two outta 3 kids would say yes, the other can’t talk yet, but once he does I know I’ll get a glowing review. From hear on in, I will provide you all with my own parenting nuggets.
If there are 2 things that I know really well, its Dr. Dina and being an awesome dad.
Here is my take on how to build a great relationship with your kids. It’s simple really – spend special time together. You did it with your significant other to build the relationship, why not do the same with your kids? A little undivided attention and some special dates is a great way to build a strong relationship with your kids.
If there is one thing that every kid needs, its attention, once you turn your back on a kid who is not getting enough of it, they end up doing something they shouldn’t. There was the time Dyl was in his room, I was with Ry, and Dyl decided to put petroleum jelly all over the wall. A few weeks later I was with Dyl, and Ry decided to paint his walls with diaper cream. Competition already! This is only slightly better than what I did when I was about Dyl’s age and ‘paint’ a wall with paint thinner before my parents finalized realized what I was doing.
There was the time Dyl was in his room, I was with Ry, and Dyl decided to put petroleum jelly all over the wall. A few weeks later I was with Dyl, and Ry decided to paint his walls with diaper cream. Competition already!
Every child, regardless of age, needs and deserves some special alone time with his or her parent(s) and caregivers. This time should be treasured by both you and your child, and should be free of distractions. That means: no cell phone, no computer, no TV – just undivided attention. I try to put aside at least a few minutes a day for each of the kids. It’s amazing how much a little dedicated time can do for your relationship. When they feel acknowledged, they listen better, they act better and you develop a stronger bond with them. It can be as simple as reading a book with them alone, taking them on a short walk, or bringing them along as you go run an errand. Kids truly value the fact that you are sharing some of your time with them, and inviting them along.
It’s amazing how much a little dedicated time can do for your relationship. When they feel acknowledged, they listen better, they act better and you develop a stronger bond with them.
As your kids get older, you can do some more elaborate ‘dates’ with them. Right before Ry was born, I took Dyl on a special date. We took the subway downtown then I put him in a child carrier backpack and off we went to the Waterfront. We stopped and looked at the trains outside of the Rogers Centre, then down to the waterfront to look at the boats and we capped it off with a waterfront picnic and a subway ride home.
As they get older you can start introducing them to activities you like to do.
There are many things you can do for special time with each kids. As they get older you can start introducing them to activities you like to do. Dylan and Ryan now accompany me to one of my favourite places – the rock climbing gym. Just remember it’s all about them. Show them some special attention, and watch how much it benefits your relationship with your kids.
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