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Competition with Dad: Making Cleaning Fun

Competition with Dad: Making Cleaning FunThe word cleaning may in fact cause loud sighs and complaints among the children in your house, but it doesn’t need to. Almost anything can be made fun with a little healthy competition with Dad. If you struggle to get your children to do some basic cleaning and tidying, turn it into a competition. What child doesn’t like to compete with Dad? I remember as a kid that the ultimate goal among us kids was to beat Dad. Dad was bigger, stronger and faster, but that didn’t stop me and my brother from trying to beat him at everything. We raced him and tried to shoot more baskets and beat him at board games. You name it we wanted to beat Dad. So, why not use that to get some real productive cleaning done? Turn chores and cleaning into a competition with dad and make a game of it.

Break a whistle, a stopwatch, or maybe just the kitchen timer and start competing for cleanliness. You and your children can race to clean your own rooms and whoever is fastest wins. Or you can help them and see which of you can put away the most legos, books, or toys in the allotted amount of time. Create races with them. See how many clothes you can each fold in a minute. You can give them time challenges to see if they can clean their closet in ten minutes. Or divide the room into sections and challenges and clean it that way. You will want to think of some rules first. Points will be added to their score for lost objects that they find while cleaning, points will be taken away for anything broken in the cleaning process. Things shoved under the bed and not put away can also cause you to lose points. You can be the judge and decide if the quality of cleaning is up to your standards, or you can make your partner be the judge. Continue reading Competition with Dad: Making Cleaning Fun

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Five Tips For The Stay At Home Dad

Well, well. How times have changed. Twenty years ago, the words stay at home dad were whispered with a knowing nod, meaning he’s either unemployed or lazy. Today, it’s becoming more commonplace, so much so that it’s almost an aspiration for many Dads. The chance to spend more time with the kids while they’re growing up is something that increasing numbers of us want – but frazzled moms will tell you that they’d welcome the chance to go back to work!

 

So how can you get the most out of your stay at home dad experience? Here are five tips for stay at home dads

 

  1. Don’t try to match them for energy
    Let’s face it, if your favourite footballers are fading in their mid-30s, you’re not going to suddenly discover brand new reserves of energy yourself. You’ll never match your kids for get-up-and-go, so don’t try! Encourage them to play on their own for periods so that you can at the very least have a cup of joe and sit down for a while. If you’re playing in the back garden with them from morning till bed time, you’ll be hitting the hay before they do.
  2. Do it your way
    Mom will no doubt have her own thoughts about how to raise your children, but you’re in charge now. In fact, it may be quite hard for your partner to let go and leave you to ‘get on with it’, but she’ll soon learn to trust your instincts and go with your decisions. So don’t be swayed – you’re the boss!
  3. Work out the finances
    Having one parent at home comes with a number of financial consequences, so the best way to work out whether it’s working is to build an excel spreadsheet with your income and expenditure. Add some automated calculations, and you can quickly see the implications of your decisions… remember, not going to work can actually save a lot of money: travel, lunches, suits & ties… it all adds up!
  4. Build yourself a network
    What did mom do during her maternity leave? If she’s anything like my partner, she networked herself silly. Singalongs on a Friday morning, coffee mornings, knitting afternoons, play groups… there’s nothing to stop you from doing the same. Your local library is probably the best place to start, and there will be community centres dotted around that have activities almost every day of the week. Not only does it get you out of the house, but it helps you build up a network of people in similar situations.
  5. Get a shed
    Every man needs a shed – more so when he’s a stay at home dad. It’s a place to get away from it all, to putter around at the weekend while you’re using up the brownie points you’ve earned throughout the week. It’s Dad’s zone, and Dad’s zone only – so get yourself a shed and use it to get some valuable Dad time.

 

Above all – this isn’t something that’s going to last forever. Kids grow up quickly… so enjoy it while you can, and figure out a back to work plan sooner rather than later. Oh, and don’t forget the shed.

 

About the author: Gareth Cartman works with online baby clothes store Little Bundle of Joy, and dreams of being a stay at home Dad

 

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5 Tips for Being the Best Stay At Home Dad

Mothers know best for their kids. That’s what most people would say. But in this day and age, women and men have become more gender sensitive when it comes to division of work be it in the office or even in parenting. What men can do women can do too and vice versa. So for dads who need to further hone their skills when it comes to taking care of their kids while their wives are away, here are 5 tips for being the best stay at home dad.

1. Know your child’s needs and habits.

One important step to becoming a good stay at home parent is to properly observe your baby’s behavior and needs. This way, you can prepare beforehand and avoid long hours of crying and tantrums. In the case of small babies, try to observe your child’s sleeping habits. With this, you will be able to determine what time your baby would wake up and you will be ready by that time to feed him or change his diapers. This step will help you lessen baby’s crying because you already know then what he needs.

2. Make feeding time a nice bonding activity for you and your baby.

Feeding time is when mothers usually bond with their babies, especially so when they breastfeed. For dads however, such is not the case. To make feeding time a great bonding moment between you and your little one, try to position your baby in a comfortable manner where he can see your face while you feed him with his baby bottle. This way, he will learn who you are by your face.

3. Be prepared.

Another tip for dads who stay at home is to be ready with almost anything. In case your child gets sick, you have to be ready with your pediatrician’s phone number as well as the nearest hospital’s number just in case. It would also be helpful if you keep a first aid kit at home in case your child gets into an accident. Just be ready with some antiseptic, cotton balls, and bandages. You also need to keep some medicines for fever, cough, colds, toothache, and headache.

4. Get involved with playtime.

As a dad, you have to enjoy every moment with your kids and that includes playtime. For babies, it would help if you keep some baby toys and tapes ready so that you can spend some bonding time together with your little one. For older children, make it a point to play with your kids so that you can all enjoy together. You can teach them new tricks and games which they will surely love.

5. Be a good teacher to your kids.

Finally, be the best teacher you can be to your kids. As early as possible, try to teach them good manners and deeds by leading with a good example. You can also teach them how to value education by introducing to them the basics of reading and writing as well as counting.

Becoming the best stay at home dad is indeed a challenging task. Nevertheless, showing your kids love and guidance will truly be a wonderful achievement.

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