A Playful Dad

Would your kids say that you are a playful dad?

After a long hard day at the office, in the mill, or on the road we often don’t feel we have much left to give. In fact, we think after all of our hard work it might be about time for someone to serve us. That may be true. Do you really want your kids learning from you that they should expect to be served? That is what they will see you do and that is what they will also learn to do. Kids are very good at monkey see, monkey do. You are teaching your kids things when you don’t even realize they are paying attention.

I know this is hard to accept, but the most important thing you need to do when you get home from a long day of work is to start your second and most important job. Being a dad. Good news is that this job should be fun. If it isn’t than you have some learning to do. Being a dad has many tasks but one of the most important ones is to play with your kids. If you don’t regularly play with them then you are missing out on a very important aspect of your relationship. Playing with them provides many benefits.

Benefits of Playing With Your Kids

There are many healthy benefits that come as a result of play time with your kids.

Playing is Fun – The time should be enjoyable to both you and them. You can do many different activities. We will list some ideas later. You can do something that you both enjoy. Ok, maybe it won’t always be your cup of tea. You’ll have to watch the same High School Musical movie again that you just watched last week. Just like you will ask your kids to help out in the garden which is fun for you but a chore to them.

Playing Builds Trust – Playing with your kids tells them that you think they are important. It also gives you a chance to do activities that are new to them or that they normally could not do without you. This is a chance to show them that you are there to support them and will keep them safe. You should find ways to play that challenge them in new ways.

Playing Keeps you Young – Your kids want you to stay young. They don’t care about your age, but they do care about your ability to stay vibrantly involved in their lives. Just like they want you to have time for them, they want you to get up off the couch and do cart wheels with them. No shame, no laziness and no excuses! Get up and participate. The more you play, the easy it will be. Choosing active activities will help you stay in better shape and teach your kids to stay active as well.

Ideas for Playing With Your Kids

Here is a list of things that you can do with your kids that should be fun for the both of you. If an activity looks like a chore, then it is up to you to make it fun!

  • Play a sport
  • Wrestle
  • Play twister
  • Go for a walk
  • Go for a run
  • Play on a swingset
  • Go to the lake
  • Go bowling
  • Wander the mall
  • Cook a meal
  • Build something
  • Play dress up
  • Paper, rock, scissors
  • Declare a thumb war
  • Play video games
  • Wash the car
  • Go swimming
  • Go for a ride
  • Go camping
  • Fly a kite
  • Look for critters
  • Plant a seed
  • Walk the dog
  • Watch a movie
  • Race around the house
  • Find somewhere to volunteer
  • Draw a picture
  • Surprise your wife
  • Bring them to visit your work
  • Make a fort
  • Go fishing
  • Read a book
  • Pretend to be superheros
  • Make a campfire
  • Do each other’s hair
  • Go to a sporting event
  • Sit on the front porch
  • Find a science experiment
  • Visit a relative
  • Practice words from a foreign language
  • Talk about your faith
  • Take pictures
  • Make a movie

And those are just the start of the possibilities

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