Fresh Air — by Jake

FreshAir_LawrenceWelcome to Spring, everybody. The time of year when millions of parents begin to kick their children out of the house and into the fresh air. “Go outside” will become the mantra of homes across the country. So parents … what about you?

Recently, I was talking with a fellow father and he made this statement: “I don’t want to be the Dad who always says “No.” The conversation was about how busy we find ourselves with work and other things. As a result of all of our commitments away from the home our families tend to find themselves in a routine of waiting. Waiting for us to get home … waiting for us to finish on the computer … waiting for us to finish our nap … you get the picture.

You can probably relate, too, Dads and Moms. While it’s completely understandable to want some ‘Me time’ let us not forget that there is life to be had with our children. If you’re like us, you probably have a hard time getting your kids out of the house. So, here’s a tip: GO OUTSIDE WITH THEM!

In the three weeks since the conversation with my friend, I’ve put a better effort into being the Dad that says ‘Yes.’ My boys, who are 10 and 7 years old, want to go ride skateboards and play baseball after school. So that’s what we’ve been doing. Even if I’m tired or I don’t want to, I’ll say yes to spending time with them.

Not only for their sake, but for mine. Soon, I’m afraid, I’ll be the one pining for their time. So, Mom and Dad, ‘GO OUTSIDE!’

Jake

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