Dad things and anything else I find interesting - Issue #1
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I was scrolling through Twitter and came across this article.
One day, my boys will be grown and they will move out to live on their own. And my wife and I will finally live in a clean and quiet house. And we will miss the days, like this one, when toys were left on our steps and our boys were at home in the evenings to play and to laugh and fight about whose turn it is to brush their teeth first.
There are countless times where my kids will frustrate or annoy me. After reading this, I remembered this time with them is limited. It was not long ago when my oldest one used to cling onto my leg as I walked out the door on my way to work. She is now into boys, BTS, and TikTok. My boy is now the age of my oldest one when she used to cling on to my leg. Those 7 years flew by like the blink of an eye.
That article was a great reminder that kids grow up fast. They will not be young forever. One day, they will no longer ask you to play with them. They will not want your attention more than they want it. So now, when I've had a long day and all I want to do is rest, when my son wants to play Star Wars, I'll play with him. When my oldest has no choice but to ask me for help on her math homework, I'll stop checking emails and help her.
Because one day, they won't need me anymore.
Things You Didn't Know Existed
Our youngest still needs help falling asleep at night. One of the things that he asks us for are lullabies. The stereotypical rock a bye baby gets old after awhile. One thing I discovered after putting our kids to sleep countless times is that lullaby versions of most popular songs exist on Apple Music and/or Spotify. As I mentioned, our youngest is into Star Wars and he's also showed an interest in New Found Glory. Yup, that pop punk band from the late 90's/early 00's. So there exists a lullaby version of certain popular NFG songs on Apple Music. It is the greatest thing. I can put him to sleep and still somewhat enjoy what is playing.
Try and search for one of your favorite songs and add "lullaby" to the end.
The holidays are here. While they can be stressful, this is the only time of year where you can spend some time with people you don't see every day. If things get hectic, don't let it overwhelm you. Stop, and be, and enjoy the moment.