Yesterday's Dad's ToDo was a little heavier so let's lighten it up a bit today. Meals are a great way to connect with your kids. The dinner table should be one of the places where we learn about our children as we make every effort to sit together as a family. In today's fast paced, go here/go there culture, that is often sacrificed. Somehow, somewhere we have come to believe that our kids will learn more about life at a soccer game than at the dinner table. I was guilty of this too many times when my kids were young. I missed way to many dinners and when we were home together too many other distractions were allowed to keep us from enjoying that time together. Well, today's ToDo is meant to help remind you of the benefit of togetherness at meals.
Dad's ToDo Today:
Go to breakfast or lunch with your child before the week ends or as soon as you can. Make it a “date”. Daddy dinners are great and should be done periodically with each child. But, you probably rarely ever take them out for a doughnut or a sandwich. Go to their school (I know it will feel awkward), surprise them on campus (a friend of mine and I did that for our daughters who live three hours away and were in college at the time. We drove up very early on a Saturday and arrived in time to get them out of bed, take them to breakfast, take them home and be back in our home by early afternoon…it was a little crazy but they and we won't forget it), take them on a picnic, etc. Make a meal a fun time. Be creative. Go nuts. Have fun.