Taking Time Out
As a Father of two boys I know first hand how chaotic life can be. I’m also one of those lucky people who can say they love their job. My wife works 4 days a week, we have a dog (Matilda) and our boys participate in soccer, rugby and swimming. We’re healthy, happy and always on the go, always! So when do you stop for some time out?
Our boys are 3 years apart and have their own friends and definitely have their own personalities. So this morning when I had the rare opportunity to spend some time with my eldest boy I was keen to maximize our time together. I grabbed the soccer ball and boots and suggested that we head down to our local park. The response I received was not what I was expecting. “Dad, I’m tired. Can we just take some time out together?”
This was the first time that I’d taken a moment to step back and think about my sons’ busy schedule. As adults we look forward to those little moments to breath. For me, it’s when the kids go to bed and I get a chance to speak to my wife without any interruptions. Today, for my son it was some 1-1 time with his Dad without any interruptions from his younger brother!
We spent the morning playing Minecraft and learning how to format Word documents. We had meaningful conversations and all of a sudden he seems like a young mature man. When did that happen? Well, it probably happened while we were busy with everyday life.
This weekend, spend some 1-1 time with your children. Don’t worry too much about what the activity is, as long as you’re together.
Have a great weekend!