We Know Play Is Good For Us All.
Jennifer Cooper Has Some Ideas on Games Dads Play.
I was with my husband and mother-in-law at a field day event at our kids’ school.
My mother-in-law leaned over to me and said, “It’s so nice to see fathers take such an active role in parenting. It wasn’t like that in my generation.”
I looked around. And you know what, there were indeed a lot of dads around. At first, I hadn’t considered this strange. Then I thought about the differences between our parents’ generation and this one. Today, fathers are given more freedom to be engaged with their children. Fathers attend PTA meetings, are stay-at-home parents, help with homework and household chores. And most importantly, they play and connect with their kids.
But how do today’s fathers play? Do they go for nostaglia? Do they opt for creative? Or do they prefer more physical play? Turns out its as varied as the idea of play itself.
This one comes from my husband Dave whose father played it with him and his brother when they were little. Basically, it’s hide-n-seek but instead of saying, “Ready or not, here I come!” the father yells, “Where are those hillbilly babies, I’m gonna get ‘em!” Then when he finds the kids, he tickles them. Then the hillbilly babies run back for the hills and hide again.
Alligator, Rolling Pin and Mayhem
On Momfilter.com, Photographer John Dolan shares three games he made up to play with his kids on Saturday mornings. The first uses the bed as an island, the second is a lot like steam roller, and the last is just good ol’ fashion rough housing.
Super Hero or Secret Agent
Chicago-area father, Aaron Logue and his son created a game together while driving in the car. Each creates a fictitious super hero or special agent. As they drive and look out the car window, each imagines his “guy” jumping over stuff, overcoming obstacles, running alongside the car. There’s a running dialogue and everyone gets a chance to compares notes on where they would hide, what they’d use to get over a building, etc.
in an effort to make bath time with Tessa end in those magic belly laughs of hers, instead of tears, I started this thing with her where I tell her the towel is my fishing net, and I scoop her up into it out of the water and yell out, “Are you a fish? Or a little girl? Because I can’t tell.” and then I will say, “If you’re a little girl and not a fish, then you surely have legs! Let me see you use your legs.” and Tessa will start to dance like a maniac. And we laugh, and I say, “Oh there you are little girl. I thought you use your legs.” and Tessa will start to dance like a maniac. And we laugh, and I say, “Oh there you are little girl. I thought you were a fish the way you love that water.”