No, not a sports pro Dad, but an all pro Dad! That’s Technology Man! He honestly couldn’t care less about professional sports, but he does view his parenting with a professional eye. By this, I mean he takes it seriously and is intentional about connecting with his children.
There are plenty of statistics to support the value of parents spending time with their children, dads especially. Even so, Dad’s often find it easier to allow Mom to be the one who is involved in the kids’ school life. But Dads belong on the school campus just as much.
Technology Man has always been a presence where his children go to school. Knowing the principal, nurse, secretaries and counselor on a first name basis can come in very handy. Volunteering at school also clearly communicates to your children that you value their education. He changed the marquee in front of the school every other week by hand for six years! He has also helped run booths at carnivals and chaperone on field trips.
The next level activity is coming to school to spend some time specifically with your children. That’s where All Pro Dads comes in. This is an outstanding program where dads come to school early with their kids four to six times a year for a quick breakfast, presentation and time for sharing and interaction with each other as well as other dads and their kids before the school day begins. It is typically run by volunteers and is widely welcomed by principals as a venue for building student morale and parent involvement.
They discuss issues relevant to the kids in the school and follow it up with prompted discussion time. This opens doors for dads to share stories or perspectives with their kids that they may not otherwise do. Kids love to get the inside scoop on dad and his growing up or to understand why he thinks a certain way about things. Especially when there is no conflict in sight.
With a hug and kiss, the kids are happily on their way to class with their love tank filled to the brim. Dad came to school to spend time with them. Dad loves them and is proud of what they do at school. Dad gave them top billing in his day. As a result, they now have some groundwork laid to open doors for future conversations with Dad.
I’m proud of Technology Man for putting these events on his calendar and making them happen. It is amazing how my middle son will be ready for school at 6:45am just to have breakfast with Technology Man. It is a powerful and memorable time. Encourage your husband or friend to check out All Pro Dads in their area or start one if there isn’t one. Because every dad can be an All Pro Dad!
What other ways can dads intentional spent time with their children at school?