Dad Tips for Staying Home with Kids is all about practical and real life tips by a dad for dads. Because we aren’t the experts and this isn’t easy.
This post was sponsored Tai Pei, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
It was approximately three weeks after we had our first daughter, Serenity. Larisha said she was running to the store to grab a few things. The store was literally 5 minutes away.
“Nah, it’s cool, I’m happy to run to the store for you.”
She glanced at me.
“I’d actually like out of the house for a few minutes, it won’t take me long”, she said.
“But you’re going to have to take the baby.”
She laughed hysterically.
“No, I don’t. You will be fine for 15 minutes.”
What did she just say? I was dreaming right? She was leaving me with the baby? What if the baby pooped? Or needed breastmilk? Or started crying? You get the idea.
Okay, okay, so maybe we did survive. But barely. At the time it was the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Fast forward, she did the same thing when our second one was little. And for some reason, even though they are now 5 and 2.5 years old, she still does it. And I’d be lying if I said it still wasn’t just as scary.
But, somehow we survive (some days more than others).
Today, I wanted to share with you a few Dad Tips for Staying Home with Kids.
I’m not going to lie. This is my go to. Lollipops, chocolate, chips, whatever is stuff they normally can’t have, it’s free game when I’m running solo. The whole idea is to get me to the finish line and nothing stops a crying baby than the promise of a lollipop. Don’t worry, Larisha, figure out that I do this quite quickly.
2- Favorite Activities
My kids love two things – going outside and getting in our big bathtub. If you put color tabs, bubbles, or food coloring in the tub, they go bananas. They will also spend almost endless time outside. I love combining these two – outside then bath – while running the show. It can easily buying me a few hours.
3- Play With Them
Confession – I haven’t met a parent that truly LOVES playing with their kids. We do it because they are our kids. And they love it. That’s why I do it. Playdoh, babies, barbie dolls, whatever…if they ask to play it, I do. It seems to make the time go by faster.
4- Have Easy Meals Planned
I try to have meals that take 5 minutes or left. For some reason Larisha doesn’t think she has to have everything laid out or already. My kids are adventurous eaters, so luckily that makes my life easier. They will eat anything from classic American food, to Jamaican food, to Asian food and everything in between. I personally love having easy meals like Tai Pei’s frozen fried rice that I just have to pop in the microwave. Tai Pei entrees are made with real, pure ingredients, with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. Just deliciousness.
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5- Be Confident
This is my biggest piece of advice. Just have confidence in yourself. And try to build yourself up if you are scared like I was. Do 15 minutes, then 30, then an hour, until you have the confidence to do a few hours or half a day by yourself.
Parenting isn’t easy, but having a game plan and some helpful tricks always help!
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