Bonding With Kids

by beagooddad on July 16, 2008

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The other day I had the horrible realization that I am not spending as much 1 on 1 time with Pookie as I would like. Geetle and I fairly frequently read chapter books together and have started playing Crazy 8s. She’s even started asking me to play Polly Pockets and stuff like that with her which is great because of how much we end up talking.

I haven’t been doing that as much with Pookie. His interests are just so self-stimming that it is way too easy to just let him play by himself. Plus, I spend time helping him through Kyuki-Do class which is kind of 1 on 1 with 20 other people around which isn’t really 1 on 1 at all.

The other day, BeAGoodMom took Geetle to the gym and grocery store. I was watching Giggles and Pookie at the house. I decided it was time for Giggles to play with her toys for a while and for Pookie and me to have some good father-son time.

I decided to take them into the back yard and play with the swing set, sandbox, and all the other toys out there. He quickly said that no, he did not want to play outside.

Crap. Shot down before we could even start.

I asked what he wanted to do. He said he wanted to play motorcycles. That might work.

I cleared of the train table and we set the motorcycle track up together and then raced them for about a half hour. Then he wanted to build block towers. We played with the blocks for another hour hour.

Then it was dinner time. He said he wanted to have a picnic inside. So, I made raviolis and we watched Spongbob together using the train table as our dinner table.

It was the most fun I’ve had with Pookie in quite a while outside of Kyuki-Do class which bums me out that I haven’t done a better job of finding little ways to get into his world more often.

I really need to work on remembering that doing little things like drawing pictures with him is often just as exciting as doing something fancier and more expensive.

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