Monday, February 20, 2012
One On One Time
I have 3 boys ages 8, 6, and 4 months. They are very blessed in that they have two parents who love the Lord, each other, and THEM with all of their heart. The wonderful dream job that I have as the WebPianoTeacher affords my wife, Shawna, to stay at home with me and the kids 24-7. Instead of trying to squeeze in a few minutes here and there after work with our kids the way most working class families do, we are with them continually when the kids are not at school. However, even with all this I feel it is important for each kid to get some alone time with each parent without having to share it with two brothers. In the picture above I'm with my son, Carter, at a minor league baseball game. We had loads of fun and even caught a foul ball. In this type of environment, I find a kid will act totally different than when the brothers are with them. There's no competition for attention, and I guess that's the difference. You can talk about things with them that they won't normally discuss. The bonding with father and son happens on a stronger level. In the picture below, Evan and I spent the day drawing pictures of SpongeBob and playing Indiana Jones on the Xbox. Great fun! I think each of the boys needs that alone time with each parent if possible, every once in a while. If I may quote a line from a favorite TV show of mine, Modern Family, "99 percent of being a dad is just showing up and being there."