When Sons Ask Dads to Play (and Why Dads Should Play Anyway)

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About Graham Scott

Graham has kicked around the world for quite a while, has run his own creative agency and written for a whole slew of magazines from SuperBike to Hello! He now also runs Fellow HQ for ‘men who have lived and learned’ (he scrapes in with one out of two). He lives in England, as much as possible with his son, and can be followed on Twitter.

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  1. Great story. This is something that makes me self-conscious and uncomfortable around kids (I’m not a parent, but an aunt). I used to LOVE playing make-believe when I was little, my imagination knew no bounds, but I have such a hard time tapping into that anymore. And that doesn’t even make sense because I’m a fiction writer, I subsist on imagination. At some point I learned to take myself too seriously and that’s proved a very difficult habit to get out of. I’m okay horseplaying with kids, chasing them and swinging them and giving piggy-back rides and hitting the playground, and building LEGO sets and stuff, but when it comes to toys, I’m helplessly inept.

    • Thank you. I know what you mean. I think the key is to realise this isn’t about us, it’s about the children. To get outside ourselves so that we can actually help those children play and be free with their imaginations. Which of course will help us in equal measure. It’s not easy but it sounds like you want to try.

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