The benefits of reading time with Dad

27/08/2014 14:28

As a working Dad it's not as easy to bond with your child as it is for the Mother, simply because you're spending less time with them. It's important to recognise that it's going to be a little harder to bond with your child though, and then work a little bit harder at it rather than ignore it and watch the gap develop. There's a lot of talk about the bond between Mother & Child is as strong as they come and there is no denying that. It's heartwarming to watch. A Mother creates life, nurtures it and spends every second for 9 months living as one. The child feels the Mother, hears the Mother whether they're working, home or sleeping. The Father doesn't have that luxury and needs to find a way of achieving that bond. There are many ways of going about this, I'm sure but me personally... I turned to books. I read.

 

 

During my wifes pregnancies, I read to the bump at bedtime as often as I could. I read to our unborn children to get into the habit of bedtime reading for later life but also to make sure they were hearing my voice on a regular basis. During the first week our first born was at home, I soothed his stressed wailing by reading to him and for me, that made all of those moments where I felt silly reading to a belly button worth it. He knew my voice, and he knew it because I'd read to him in that same calming tone for months before he was even born.

As my children grow, I will continue reading to them in hope of solidifying the bond between Father & Child. My wife is a stay at home Mother and as such, spends a lot more time with both of our children and bonds with them in many ways every day of the week. I work shifts and often long and unsociable hours and as a result, I have to work that little bit harder to achieve the desired bond when I do get the chance to be home with them. Again, I turned to books. I read. After bathing Clayton, I sit down quietly and I read him his bedtime stories. It's a great way to spend one on one time with your child. Clayton is 15 months old and much like any other toddler, spends the day running from wall to wall covering himself and anything in his path with snot, drool and that sticky substance only toddlers seem to secrete from their pores! His life is a constant blur of chaos from the moment he wakes until I've wrestled him into his pyjamas after bathing him. From that moment onwards though, is a very special window in time and is perhaps the most important for a reading Dad when attempting to bond with his child. I pick up a book, turn the page and that starts a 20 minute period where he will sit quietly, still and take in every word I say. It's a magical 20 minute period where I can open his mind, eyes, heart and fuel his dreams before bed. No matter how chaotic the day has been, or how present I've been... the importance of those 20 minutes is huge, because in that moment, we are bonding.

As a working Dad, it's not always easy to bond with your child. It's important to recognise that it's going to be a little harder to bond with your child though, and then work a little bit harder at it rather than ignore it and watch the gap develop. There are many ways of going about this, I'm sure but me personally... I turned to books. I read.

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Topic: The benefits of reading time with Dad

Date: 31/08/2014

By: julie

Subject: lovely

I love reading dads stories of how they bond with their children. This was a lovely post x

Date: 28/08/2014

By: Charly Dove

Subject: Bonding with Daddy

Such a wonderful post and really lovely to hear how you're bonding, it really is so important. And as you know rewarding :)

Date: 27/08/2014

By: Model Mummy

Subject: The benefits of reading time with Dad

What a lovely post - and to know you are educating as well as bonding must make you feel like the best Daddy!

Date: 27/08/2014

By: Keri-Anne

Subject: lovely

This is such a lovely post and very heart warming to see a dad wanting so much to do as much as they can do bond with their children. I smiled all the way through :)

Date: 27/08/2014

By: Sarah Ebner

Subject: So true

Gorgeous post - and I totally agree about the importance of reading (and also how great it is for spending proper time with your child). Bet it's great for all of you!

Date: 27/08/2014

By: You Baby Me Mummy

Subject: Lovely

So sweet, we both love reading the Baby, I think it is good for bonding for both parents x

Date: 27/08/2014

By: Rachel

Subject: Awww

I totally agree with you, I sometimes read to my niece over Skype or she reads to me x

Date: 27/08/2014

By: Mummy of Two

Subject: Lovely bonding time

What a great post. It sounds like reading is a very special bonding time for you. Long may it continue!

Date: 27/08/2014

By: Astrid

Subject: Great post

Great post. My mother was a working Mom and my father was a stay-at-home Dad, but my mother read me and my sister most bedtime stories up until we were tweens.

Date: 27/08/2014

By: Ness

Subject: The benefits of reading time with Dad

I know exactly what you mean as I am with my children all the time. My husband does bath time but my son prefers me to read as I do different voices for each of the characters!

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