Remember in the movie Field of Dreams when Kevin Costner’s character said to his father “Dad, You Want To Have A Catch?” What a beautiful moment. But might we make a small suggestion? Don’t be that Dad!
Don’t force your son to kidnap a famous writer, nearly watch you daughter choke to death on a hot dog and cut down a corn crop to make a baseball field all after you are dead – Learn to stay connected now!
Cathy and Todd challenge you to be creative and take the lead on staying connected – don’t forget, you are the parent in the relationship!
Ok, so Cathy and I started talking about this and it turned into an argument of which is the best baseball movie b/w Field of Dreams/Bull Durham/Major League. Listen in and let us know where you stand on the baseball movie argument.
Question, Wouldn’t it just be good advice to invite your children in to your interests and encourage them to invite you into theirs? Right, I’m interested in my children so I’m interested in everything they are interested in. My job is to provide the platform for their growth, to encourage their interests.
Sound advice. it is a two way street. where i get frustrated is when certain friends of mine in essence “throw their hands up in the air and stop trying.” I’ve seen it happen and it’s a sad thing specifically with dads who have both daughters and sons. sometimes it’s easier for dads to relate to sons easier and give up quicker on their daughters.
i think by default my children are naturally attracted to things that i’m interested. they see me reading, they want to read along by my side. they see me play chess on line and now jacey and i are playing chess together, they come to my basketball games and we’re playing 1 on 1 in the driveway. i believe that children will naturally be attracted to the things we do . i’m not quite so sure that it comes so naturally to a certain percentage of dads and moms.
thanks for taking the time to comment. i’d love to hear if you have any other thoughts since you are a dad to two daughters and a son and i know you do a real good job with them.