I’m not sure if anyone is even wondering where Dad Day Box originated, but I thought I would write about it anyway. I have 2 boys, currently 3 and 5 years old. We started doing ‘Boys Days’ whenever mom had plans and we had a morning or evening together. These usually consist of picking up some Egg McMuffins from McDonalds, coming back to the house and creating a schedule of activities to do together. And let me tell you, while they can sometimes be a lot of work on my part, they have been awesome. I’m constantly asked, “when is the next Boys Day?”.
My boys love Legos. I also love Legos, so it has always been an easy activity to fall back on whenever we are spending time together. But I started thinking about how I didn’t want to force, even by accident, my boys to just like the things that interest me. This led me to start looking for random activities we could do together, especially on our Boys Days. And what I found is a whole new way of connecting with my kids through a variety of different activities. You can probably see where this is going at this point.
Dads are busy and tired, and many don’t have the energy to try to be creative or plan out a bunch of new activities. I’m not an expert by any means on how to be a perfect dad. Trust me and anyone in my family on that point. But I know there is a lot of data and real-world examples that show how important it is for dads to spend time with their kids starting at a young age. I’m not talking about time sitting on a couch watching something, or time in the same room on your phone or even time driving them from one thing to another. Actual time together. And in my experience, spending that time doing activities – especially activities we may not do otherwise – has been invaluable in building a strong relationship that I hope is setting up a bond for years to come.
So that’s my hope for Dad Day Box. Let us take away excuses, valid or not, and give dads a better way to connect with their kids in a meaningful way. All a dad (or mom) needs to do is sign up, open a box and spend some time exploring new activities and playing with their kids.