(This article is meant for fathers-but of course Moms, you can read too)
Like most of you dads out there, I work very hard each day. I rarely take a lunch break, and don’t take a lot of days off. That’s just how I am wired. I am confident that many of you fathers out there are the same way. It’s in our blood, it’s how we were raised, and we’re proud of our work ethic.
I am first and foremost, the proud, doting father to a 5 year old girl and a 2 year old boy. I would do anything for them at any time, just like you would do anything for your child at any time. Our young children don’t know why we work and come home tired. We do it for them, but they won’t understand it until they have kids someday.
There have been times when I’ve come home from a hard day, and not been “there” for my kids. I was tired or stressed or just not in a good mood. That’s normal, but how we react to feeling like that is critical. When I think about those times, I cringe. My kids are waiting for me. Should it be their problem that I had a busy day? I promised myself, not so long ago, that I would try my hardest to walk in the door each night with an over exaggerated, flamboyant, happy entrance that would help to ensure my kids never lose the “Daddy’s Home!!!” excitement.
5 Tips To Relieve A Bad Mood Before Coming Home To Your Kids:
- On the drive home, turn the radio up loud, roll down the windows and sing a long.
- Eat something ( I go with candy, but I don’t condone candy eating).
- Do not answer the cell phone.
- If driving helps, do what Supertramp says and “Take the Long Way Home”.
- Think about your kids, and how fun it is to play with them when you get home and of course how great it feels to see their happy faces at your arrival.
Following these tips will not only ensure a stronger, healthier relationship with your children, but it will also help you feel better about yourself and your day!