I think that laughter is one of the greatest gifts that a Dad can give his children. One of the favourite things that my children say to me is, “silly Daddy.” This is because I am very silly sometimes. It’s true.
I really want my kids to grow up knowing that fun and laughter should be made a habit. It needs to be worked at especially if their personality doesn’t find it as natural as some. In our family Sophia is quite serious whereas Yasmin is always prepared to laugh at almost anything.
Mums tend to have the hard work of child raising. A part of a Dad’s role is to bring fun into the life of the family. It tempers the discipline that sometimes a Father has to enforce. And sometimes they need to give their wife the room to have fun with the kids too. I always find it amusing that even though I am the one who buys sweets when we are out and with me they tend to get things their own way that it still their mum that they turn to most of the time.
Our life has it share of difficulties. April and I have often reflected that the past 3 years have stretched us the most of the 14 years of our marriage. We have struggled financially, we have struggled in my work, we have found living in a new environment very disruptive. Yet we need to remember in the midst of this that we need to continue to have fun.
I like being the “silly daddy” who provides for my family.