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Monday, April 13, 2009

Hey, Daddy! Will You Play With Me?

Hey, Daddy!  Will You Play With Me?

 

The value of time spent with a child can never be measured by merely counting up the minutes.  In today's society, as both parents are frequently working outside the home and television, computers, and video games dominate a large percentage of a family's free time, it is more important than ever for parents to spend intentional quality time with a child. 

 

Whether a mother works out of the home or not, she will tend to spend a significant amount of her day directly interacting with her children.  Fathers, even extremely devoted dads, spend significantly less time with their children, and much of that is spent taking care of domestic responsibilities such as home work, baths, cleaning, and so forth.  While little girls have the example of their mom to mimic to help them develop into your ladies, the best role model for little boys is typically not quite as available.  Because these young boys need all the help they can get in growing into fine young men, it is imperative that fathers devote time to their sons. 

 

Sometimes, this task is easier said than done.  Dads are often not natural nurturers and can easily fall into the trap of watching a ball game or a movie on the television and call that quality time.  That is not good, quality time that will produce the desired results.  Lyn's Toy Shop is here to help you along. 

 

Lyn's carries a variety of toys that would be ideal for bringing father and son together in interactive play.  A natural choice is football.  For little feet, there are even miniature footballs that are perfect for fun active play between a father and his son.


For days that are too cold or wet or when an indoor activity is more appropriate, why not settle down together, and play a board game.  Having the side focus on the game will make it easier for conversations to open up, which will encourage your son to feel comfortable expressing his thoughts and feelings as he witnesses his dad doing the same.
For a more challenging activity, you might consider embarking on an origami project!  Both the zoo animal and the dinosaur origami kits are sure to be an absolute blast as you and your son witness the transformation of a regular piece of paper into a ferocious beast!
Or you may feel that since mom is teaching the girls to be the princess of the palace, you ought to get your little guy used to be king of the castle.  Lyn's Toy Shop has a foam castle construction kit that can provide hours of play and fun for you and your miniature man.

 

It will take a little effort, but planning intentional quality time with your son will pay off in the end in ways that you could never believe.  If you aren't convinced, then go talk to about a hundred guys or so whose fathers didn't think spending time with their sons was particularly valuable.  They are easy to find.  Just ask the next police officer that you come across what the address is of the nearest jail!  Now, you don't ever want to have to visit your son there, do you?  I didn't think so, so ... What are you waiting for?  Get playing!

 

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1 comment:

Phantom Seraphim said...

Two thumbs up. This is a great post!