How to be a great Dad in 10 minutes

I have been a paid contributing blogger to the Wishing Well blog at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for a couple of months now. Today they published my post about the value of spending ten minutes with your child.

I keep asking my 6 and 7 year old to stop growing, but they won’t listen. They are both incredibly cute kids who still love climbing up into my lap for a cuddle or possibly to attack me.

My parents split up at an early age, and my Dad traveled quite a bit. Now that I am a father, I am obsessed with spending time with my kids as a result. I try to arrange a day a month to spend time one on one with each of my children. When this does occur, we do things like go and make ceramics, watch a movie in the theater, or play putt putt. Sadly, the monthly days seldom occur monthly. They are often more like quarterly.

In my mind, I want our dates to be big memorable events that my kids will never forget. When really it’s about the little things. It’s about spending ten minutes. Ten minutes is a lifetime to a 6 or 7 year old.

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