When your child is a newborn, he/she comes home from the hospital and takes baths for the sole purpose of getting clean. I remember very well how Benni didn’t like water at first. As many babies will at first, he had an aversion to water, as many babies will at first. Soon after, though, bath time became a great time for us to bond; and so will it for you and your child. You have to watch them closely anyway, so why not make it about learning or fun? In this blog post, I want to share with you a list of the best bath toys for toddlers and their dads (and moms 🙂 ). Sit back, relax and enjoy the show…
Today’s blog post is quite different. I usually blog about toys and having fun with my son. I embrace positivity, and I enjoy looking on the bright side of life much more than thinking about the bad things and bringing negativity to the table. Part of being a parent, however, is that we have to be responsible; and also think about how we can teach our children about danger and risk in our world. Without scaring them!
We are an outdoorsy family. From grilling out to just running around the backyard and chasing Benni with the water hose, my wife and I cannot wait for summer to get here. While the ‘Easter Bunny’ did his job with stocking my son up with some of the basics for summer, we are always on the lookout for something that will keep Benni entertained (and out of trouble) while we are outside together. In this blog post I want to share with you my top 5 list of the best outside toys for toddlers.
We all experience feelings of anger from time to time. For our kids, this is no different. When they are small, they lack the verbal skills to vent their frustrations and have a need to find other ways to express their feelings. Almost every parent, it seems, has experienced a toddler’s meltdown while trying to do the weekly shop. Suffering your two year old throwing themselves on the floor and turning scarlet with frustrated screaming can feel really embarrassing. But never forget: This is your children ultimate form of expressing his needs. A kid having a meltdown is not the issue, it’s the symptom.
In this blog post I want to look at a few techniques that you, as a parent, can teach your kid and use to help your kid deal with his anger, and thus also reduce the stress that you experience as a mom or dad. If you manage to understand how important it is to go through these situations together with your child as a team, you’ve already won half the battle! One thing is important, though: Do never tell your kid to stop being angry! It is important that your child is allowed to express his feelings!!!
Learning about the world we live in is important to any kid’s education. I found these top 5 learning games for children that help to explain the world to your kids.
These games are targeted at older kids than I usually talk about, typically 8 years old and up. But there’s no harm in introducing some of the concepts found in them at an earlier age, depending on your child’s curiosity about the world. Rules in these games are typically quite simple. And let’s be honest: Rules are there to be bent 🙂 Why not adjust the rules a bit here and there so that you can enjoy these games even with much younger kids. Benni and I would usually leave out a few rules and just PLAY for the sake of it! Having fun together is all that matters. The education part happens naturally!
I’ve ranked the games on educational merit, fun factor and price range. We will start with my favorite.
I have been a Stay At Home Dad (well, at least for the most part) ever since our son Benjamin was born back in July 2015. Today, almost three years in, I love every bit of it. However, that has not always been that way. Being a Stay At Home Dad can be intimidating and stressful, especially when you are just starting: So much stuff to manage, so much stuff to do, and no course in the world can prepare you for it! But, and that’s a HUUUGE “but”, at the end of the day it is downright the most rewarding “job” I’ve ever had.
Numerous studies have shown a positive relationship between music and brain development in children. So, if you had a chance to positively impact your child’s development while enjoying music and spending time with them, wouldn’t you do it?
For Benni and me, music has always been a great way to have fun together! Hence, I would like to share with you my experience on the topic and give you a top 5 list of the best musical toys for toddlers and their parents.
You may or may not be aware of the fact that in our family, I am the one who picks up our 3-year old son Benni from kindergarten at least four times a week. When I do that the challenge is always the same: How to make the best out of the time we are spending together on that particular afternoon? How to spend quality time with your child without just “doing something for the sake of it” and counting down the hours until mom comes home from the office?
That may sound a bit harsh. But if you are a busy parent who, besides working and being a mom or dad for the most part, also has interests and hobbies and basically a life of his own, you will most likely agree that keeping your kids entertained while having a good time yourself can be a real challenge.
Which brings me to the point that there is a huge difference between spending time together and spending QUALITY time. It is easy to just being with your kid and deliberately making an effort to make the best out of it you can! While the first is something we all can do “somehow”, the latter can be a real challenge. My goal is to be there for my son as much as possible when he is around; and that can become quite stressful, especially when you happen to run out of ideas.
Hence, in this blog post I want to look at the top 5 activities that I enjoy the most when it comes down to spending quality time with my son. I want to look at five top-level activities that you can leverage to enjoy time together with your kids. Activities, that you can enjoy together as a “team”. So let’s get started…
Last Christmas my wife and I decided to get our 3-year old son Benni a Hubelino Marble Run Set and since then my son and I are having a blast with it!
I have already mentioned this system in my list of top 10 toys for 3 year olds and their dads, and with this blog post I want to dig a bit deeper and dive into all the bits and pieces the system has to offer; and why I think that it is the best marble run system out there that you can get.
If you know this blog already then you also know what my personal perspective on toys is. If not, let me give you a quick round up: I deeply believe that FUN is the best way in the world to learn new things and build relations. I look at toys from the perspective of a dad who feels that playing together with his 3-year old son is the best way to connect and bond with him. Hence, I judge toys from two perspectives: They need to be entertaining for both myself AND my son! If they do, they are great toys. Hubelino qualifies as such. Let me explain why…
Ever since I was a little kid, I was into computers and video games. I’m a techie and a nerd. I’m proud of it 🙂 And the reason for that is MY dad; and I can’t thank him enough for sharing his passion for early computer technology with me back in the 1980s and 1990s. He’s the reason why I became a computer scientist and a software engineer; and why I love video games to this very day.
Today, I am a dad myself. My #1 top goal, each and every day, is to be the best dad I can be for my son Benni. Part of that, I believe, is sharing with him the things I’m interested in and that I am passionate about! Benni is turning three years old this summer, and I remember that, quite some time ago, I started to wonder if it would be okay for me to introduce my son to the world of video games and share with him what it is that I do there, why I am passionate about it, and what makes it so special for me; and what the best video games for kids and their dads would probably be. Games that are fun to play for adults, but won’t be overwhelming for your kids. And games that encourage parents not just to consume, but to talk about with their children!
In this blog post I want to elaborate on
- why I think there is absolutely NOTHING bad about playing video games as a dad and
- how you as a dad can enjoy your passion.
Furthermore, I will explain
- why I think that it is not only okay, but why I strongly believe that it is important that you do so!
- I will go into how you can (and should) play video games with your kids, even if they are just three years old,
- and what, I believe, are the 5 best games for kids and their dads to enjoy together
I know this blog post may trigger some discussion. That’s totally fine: I’m not saying that you have to agree with me. I just want to share my opinion and let you know what works for me. How I deal with video games and how I make this work in my family. If you disagree, then let’s have a real discussion in the comment section below!