I’m sure when many dads get home from work they take time out for themselves – watching tv, going for a run, popping out to the pub, going out for a bike ride. Not this one. This dad’s attention is needed from the moment he steps through the door. “Yay Daddy’s home!” my boy calls as he rushes to greet him. From then on he only wants Daddy. Mummy’s shift is over.
First it’s Minecraft. And never a short or simple game. The two of them can spend hours engrossed in an elaborate build or a complicated mission. No evening can ever pass without Minecraft, it is an essential part of the schedule never to be skipped. After this, on a bath night, Daddy is required to play long and involved imaginative games as even having a bath is never a straightforward task! On other nights a game of hide and seek often ensues. Finally, at bedtime, Daddy sits with my boy until he settles, listening to the same story on his CD night after night. Mummy does get a turn listening (as per the rota that my boy drew up!), but I have a sneaky feeling that he prefers it to be Daddy as then they can discuss future minecraft plans!
Of course evenings don’t always run smoothly and a curveball can often be thrown in to the mix. This can result in games becoming even more drawn out and timings going askew. Endless patience is required, along with the acceptance of surrendering any relaxation time. Even on a ‘normal’ evening, there is little time left before our own bedtime.
My boy is very lucky to have a dad who is willing and happy to give him his undivided attention after a hard day at work. I hope that one day he will be able to thank him himself, but for now I am saying thank you on his behalf. I love the bond that you share and am very grateful for everything that you do.