Scheduling Dad time with your children brings many benefits
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5 Reasons Why We Should Schedule Dad Time

Scheduling Dad time with your children brings many benefits
Scheduling Dad time with our children brings many benefits

In the hustle and bustle of modern day life there is always one of a hundred different things demanding time from us.

Whether it be work deadlines, house chores or helping friends and family, time is a premium commodity that we should spend wisely.

As Dads this can be particularly challenging to get the balance right.

Balancing between work commitments, family commitments and time for ourselves.

One of the first things to suffer during life overload can be spending regular and quality time with our children.

However, one way to address this is to schedule in our diary regular, uninterrupted and quality time with our children for which the benefits of doing so are many:

  • Develops into a habit – research shows it takes approximately 21 days to develop a habit. Through regularly scheduling quality time with our children this will become a habit and mainstay fixture in the weekly calendar. This can be through regular time at the weekend, after school or through seeking flexible/condensed working from our employer to enable a day off each week/fortnight to spend time with our children.
  • Will increase the bond we have with our children – spending regular quality time with our children will help to increase the bond we have with them and form connections that will last a lifetime.
  • Bring us happiness and fulfilment – ask any Dad further down the parenting journey for advice and most will encourage us to make the most of the time we have with our children because it goes too quickly and children grow up fast. Through ensuring we spend regular scheduled time with our children we will improve our own self esteem and satisfaction through sharing in those many precious moments.
  • Gain a break from the worry of everyday life – this can be considered an oxymoron given how demanding children can be, but through switching off the phone and focusing on enjoying spending quality uninterrupted time we can escape the pressures of modern day life for a few hours.
  • We will never have a second chance – one of the worst things in life is looking back at something and feeling regret. This can never be more so in missing out on sharing in all those wonderful stages of our children growing up. We will never have the opportunity to turn back the clock so through scheduling regular time with our children we will ensure we are a present Dad, not an absent one.

Do you schedule enough regular quality time to spend with your children?

What steps could you take to improve this?

As always it would be great to hear from you with your comments below 🙂

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20 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why We Should Schedule Dad Time”

    1. Thanks for swinging by. Coudlnt agree more that you actually have to get involved and spend time actively playing with your kids -)

  1. Great post. It’s tricky to find the time to do anything around work and the family isn’t it but scheduling the with the family sounds a great idea. #globalblogging

    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments. I do think blocking out regular time each week if you are a busy working parent can really help you getting a routine.

  2. I don’t schedule time with my girls – it just happens as I’m just an involved Dad. I’ve always enjoyed getting them out of the house and on our microadventures, and sometimes once home they just want to zone out after all the fun. I get that some people might need to schedule time with there children, but I hope never to have to be one of those people!
    #TriumphantTales

    1. Thanks for stopping by Dab and for sharing your angle on this. I know for me as a busy working executive working a condensed 9 day fortnight to enable me to have every other Friday off with my little ones was one of the best decisions I ever made despite my fears of how it would impact on my career. Also committing to doing the afternoon school run once a week helped me to feel more involved whilst I was travelling up and down the country each week. Couldn’t agree more about getting the balance right between adventures and downtime 🙂

    1. Let’s here it for Daddy daughter dates. I love doing this and is especially important with 3 daughters having the one on one time to bond and get to know each other more 🙂

  3. I think these are great reasons. Especially the never getting a second chance. I would hate to think of any parent looking back and feeling regret over not actively spending enough time with their kids #triumphanttales

  4. This is such a good post. Actively making time is so important and like you say nothing can make you forget about the world for a bit that getting swept up in playing with the kids.
    Congratulations , someone loved this post so much they added it to our #blogcrush linky

    1. Space and downtime are so important to enable decompression from a busy day – the one bonus of my train commute is that it offered some time to transition from work to home mode 🙂

  5. I am always encouraging Hubby to spend more time with the kids whether it be feeding them, bathing them or popping into town with them. It gives him extra time with him considering I work at home and he doesn’t. The bond him and our eldest have is just something wonderful to see!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back tomorrow.

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