Fed up of being called an old fogey? Are you working until late each day and not seeing enough of the kids? Well it’s time to change that philosophy. You’re only as young as you feel. So hitch a ride to Neverland via a sprinkling of magic dust and get back to those glorious carefree days.You’ve got work. You’ve got responsibilities. Yes that’s true but that doesn’t mean not playing with your kids and acting their age at certain parts of the day. Work time is work time as much as family time is family time. Try not to mix the two.
So it’s Saturday morning? What’s better than going to the park with your family? And no sitting back and relaxing for you. It’s not that kind of Saturday. You’ve got a whole day of fun and games planned. A quick game of football followed by a spot of skateboarding with skate helmets and all the protective gear of course. You are a responsible adult after all. You’ve got to have some precautions. Think you’re finished just yet? That’s not even the half of it. How about an afternoon trip to the cinema to check out the new raved about animation film? You stock up on popcorn and pick and mix and end up laughing out loud almost as much as your kids. When did dad get so cool?
Saturday evenings are all about fun filled family board games at your household. O.k. You’re allowed an adult drink as is mum. Older people priorities. Then sit down to a bit of Mousetrap or Monopoly. Of course you can be competitive. This is for bonus family member points in the end isn’t it? When the game has finished, take the children to bed and read them an adventurous bedtime story. One that involves their favourite pirate baddie Captain Hook perhaps? Tuck them in, warn any potential monsters to stay out of the wardrobe and bid them goodnight. They miss seeing you on your busy weekdays so you have to make up for it at the weekend and you certainly have done today. Favourite dad in the world. Stay up, have that extra glass of wine and get your favourite TV programme on. You’ve deserved it.
Sundays are always an early start but you slept so well last night. I mean you fell asleep early doors. Being a kid is tiring work isn’t it? Yet you feel so refreshed this morning. You don’t even mind the kids jumping on your bed and playing with their toys. This is what you signed up for isn’t it? You all get dressed leisurely and go for a walk in the mountains. These would be great for tobogganing down at Christmas time. You make a mental note.
After the walk, you finish in the local pub, where the kids can play in the beer garden and you and the wife can sit by the fire watching them whilst cosying up to each other. Even Peter Pan needs his rest time doesn’t he?