Being able to work from home translates into investing a lot of quality time with my daughter. Over time I see where it is beneficial for my daughter to have both parents at home almost all the time.
Our daughter is a very energetic and healthy toddler. She is always looking for the next new challenge and like many other healthy toddlers she is constantly learning a lot thanks to a great mom who prepares many tasks during the day to keep nurturing that small and new brain.
More Time with Dad
Until a few weeks she was more inclined to being with her mom most of the day. I guessed this behavior was tied to the fact that she is still breastfeeding and that has created a beautiful bond with her mom. Lately, my daughter wants to be with me more and more (as I type this I am smiling).
As time goes by her interests change. Small things like seeing how she is not as amused of walking on her own, as when she first started walking.
She is constantly asking me to pick her up and hold her. I keep on getting these requests from her more often. I see she is independent for most of the day with our supervision, so getting a request to spend time with Dad always makes it a lot better.
She is always a Priority
If it were up to me, I would spend time with her the complete day. But then reality kicks in and I realize we have a business to run and playing and enjoying myself for too long might not be something I can’t do just yet.
Every time my daughter requests to be picked up, I show her affection to let her know I will always be there to pick her up when she needs me to pick her up.
The reality is that I am here to support her and guide her but thinking of that I realized that I won’t always be there to hold her and hug her. My job as a Dad is to give her as much support and love so she can stand on her own.
There will be a point where she might even want some distance from mom and dad.
For now I continue to nurture my daughter with the help of my other half Lucy.
For now I want to say I will always hold her but my job as a parent is to prepare her for those moments where we won’t be there to hold her hand, hug her, and support her physically.
For now I will just focus on the present.
Rick Lipsett says
Hold, hug, kiss an love her senseless. She will treasure all those moments in her heart. It will be a constant reminder that love is real. That no matter what life throws at her, she have folks to rely upon. and if you’re no longer there, she will remember how you were there always and take comfort in those memories.
Lead her on the way, and when she’s older, she won’t walk astray.
Raul Colon says
Awesome thought…. 🙂
Rick Lipsett says
Wish I could take credit, but…
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6