In our home- Dad gives hugs as he leaves out the door in the morning, then 5:00 can’t come soon enough. Oh the excitement that fills the air when that car pulls in the driveway (+ the relief mom feels as they all rush into daddy’s arms + won’t leave his side for the next few hours!). WHY do I make it such a big deal when daddy comes home? Well, You know me- I’m all about a win-win. And with this one, Mom gets a little break + dad feels like a million bucks! It’s perfect. So, with that said, let me just start off with a special little song I teach my children, pretty much at birth:
I’m so glad when daddy comes home,
Glad as I can be;
Clap my hands and shout for joy,
Then climb upon his knee,
Put my arms around his neck,
Hug him tight like this,
Pat his cheeks, then give him what?
A great big kiss.
Oh yes, isn’t it lovely? This song is the premise of my home. From the time they are little, I train my children to favor daddy! That’s right. Dad is the KEY to a happy Mom (+ kids)! AND… I’m not even mad when my babies cry for Daddy in the middle of the night… “as much as I would LOVE to go get him, he’s crying for YOU, babe”:) Brilliant.
Our 4 Secrets to Dad’s Heart:
1. Let Dad Be The Hero
***Moms, I know you’re the one there for them all day, + you may not get all the credit you deserve… but I promise you, it’s in your best interest to let Dad be the one they *think* saves the day;)
- When someone gets hurt, we rush to Dad to assess the injuries + let him help them feel better.
- I let dad take the kids to pick up the treats.
- Dad is often the “fun one” that takes them to the park while I finish up my *jobs*… or rest;)
2. When Daddy Comes Home:
***Put down that to-do list, + turn the attention to Dad’s Homecoming for a moment!
- Once Dad says he’s headed home, I sound the alarms- I raise the excitement + let the kids know “Dad’s on his way!”
- We quickly run through the house picking up so it looks nice + tidy for dad.
- I try my best to have the table set + dinner in the works!
- We watch by the door, then RUSH out to greet him with explosive hugs + kisses!
3. Dad Works Hard:
***I remember one of my girls saying once- “i want to be a Dad when I grow up, because moms do all the work while Dads relax!” OH BOY…. big fail. I had clearly slacked on my duties of reminding my kids how hard dad works all day long!
- I try and teach my kids that dad is hard at work so we can have enough money to pay for things + do all the fun things we do!
- We make sure Dad knows we appreciate his hard work through notes, hugs + gratitude.
4. Involve Dad:
***It’s a clear problem when the hubby gets home from work or a business trip, + he’s suddenly “interrupting our schedule/routine”… Yeah, this is when I have to re-evaluate things + involve dad more. We make sure to:
- Let him in on the decisions
- Give him bedtime duties, carpool assignments, or other roles + jobs that encourage interaction!
- Let Dad take the lead! ….As hard as this can be to hand over the pants, I strongly believe the Father should be the one presiding over the home. It’s good for Dad, good for the kids + can be a break for Mom!
HAPPY FATHERS DAY to our wonderful Dad. Your efforts are appreciated, and we sure do long for the moment when DADDY COMES HOME !!!