Friday, May 2nd, 2014
3 years, 5 months.
I am attempting to create a cool new phrase in the world of parenting. See, when a father takes his daughter out for fun, it’s called a “daddy date.”
But what’s a good phrase for when a daddy takes his son out for some good one-on-one time?
I got it:
Last weekend you and I went to the zoo to check out a real red panda, so your matching stuffed animal could meet his relatives.
Meanwhile, Mommy stayed home and took care of some Spring cleaning.
However, when we arrived at the Nashville Zoo, it appeared that the red pandas were observing the Sabbath, because they were asleep in the trees.
That was no problem for us, though. Fortunately, the Nashville Zoo happens to contain one of the coolest playgrounds I’ve ever seen in my life. So we had a dadventure anyway!
You know that with me, there is no such thing as pushing you too high in the swing.
The way I see it, what fun is it for you unless I push you so high that your back is parallel to the ground, about 7 feet high in the air.
By the way, don’t be misled by the lack of a smile on your face in some of these pictures. A lot of times when it’s just you and me hanging out, we sort of space out and “think about nothing” together.
You actually said to me, “Daddy, we’re having fun right now!”
We both got a great work-out. I decided to challenge myself by not taking you in the jogging stroller; instead, I carried you the whole time, except when you were running around and playing.
As we spent quality father-son time together, we also were moving around, breathing in fresh air.
Like the animals at the zoo already know, this helps reduce stress, improves sleep quality, decreases the chance of depression, and improves the quality of learning. (See infographic below.)
It’s important that we get our special one-on-one time. I personally believe it’s important to also make sure there is some kind of edge or thrill involved, to make the event a true dadventure.
You’re a cool little boy and I’m a cool daddy, so we might as well have a good time whenever we have a chance!
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