July 27, 2015 – Summer time is a time of freedom and fun for kids and adults. Dads, though still have to earn a living; however, earning a living ought not to preclude a dad from having a life. The days are longer and sunnier; so, it affords dad more quality time with those he works so hard for – his wife and children. Even if the money is tight there are some simple things that can be done during the summer months to create memories by maintaining fun. It requires some planning; but even more so, dad’s enthusiasm can be contagious and exile the spirit of isolation, lethargy and boredom that can come with hot weather.
The NY Fatherhood Examiner spoke with budding Brooklyn videographer and Christian rapper Baron ‘Mak’ McLean and Furthering Fathering Corporation’s Roosevelt coordinator, Will Johnson, about some ways to be involved and create memories with your child that will empty your bank account.
Baron McLean shared, “Great times during the summer with your kids can consist of [going on] dates. We go to more family functions during the summer. We do movie nights, where we go to the movie theatre then afterward we gather together and talk about what happened in the movie. We also tend to sit at the table together and have dinner more and discuss what happened during the day. Swimming is another great activity. My daughter loves swimming. I sometimes hang out with my oldest. She likes to hang out. We get outside and go to parks, where we play and exercise. Those things create lasting memories and are fun
Will Johnson added, “I spend quality time to let my sons know that Daddy loves them. We talk and help them study and importantly I allow them to operate within reasonable freedom. I give them space.”
Plant the seeds, smile, and laugh and keep it simple. Load up the bikes and go to the park. Take them on an ice cream or Italian icy run. Break out the balls and gloves and play catch, kick the soccer ball or shoot some hoops. If you are near a body of water that allows swimming, tell them get your swim gear and let’s go. Hit the bowling alley, arcade, mini-golf course or driving range. Cookout. Be family-focused, intentional and joyful. The point is do something where the conversation, the laughs, the smiles, the hugs, the hope and the memories flourish.
This is when you can more clearly hear and ingest what your wife and child’s hopes are and help them overcome their fears. Dad can take this opportunity to plant hope and plant generational seeds. Dad – be practical and enjoy your summer.