I had planned to pen a new post today on a different topic but saw this and found it extremely relevant and interesting to me. According to the UK “this morning” show today only 32% of viewers were never bored by their children,
Having been a stay at home dad for 4 months now I can quite safely put myself into the 32% who don’t find their kid boring. Of course I am never going to debate world politics, the Ukraine conflict or the state of the economy with her but does she bore me? Never. She is now 9 months and at an age where everything is an adventure, no two days are ever the same which to me means it is never going to be boring.
Yes we do play peek a boo. sing old McDonald routinely and stick to her 3 hourly feeds and naps and changes on demand which is routine, is that boring? No as I plan other activities whilst in that routine. I think if I was bored I would switch off and not be “present” as such, when she is crawling to her usual haunts, playing peek a boo etc.. and that would be shame as this is where memories are made, not by me being mentally engaged constantly by a 9 month old.
I can 100% understand that some people find the routine boring but it is what you make of it and for me it’s primarily looking after Sarah’s well-being (including her development by playing silly games and laughing at daddy’s repetitive funny songs and gestures) and ensuring I`m engaged by still focusing on being a husband, son, uncle whilst still being me and not always a Dad. I think if you find yourself bored by your child then you need to look harder potentially at yourself and what you are doing to keep yourself and your mind active.
Sounds like a rant but here’s a prime example of the little things that stop me being bored, after having our Weetabix today I was tidying up to find Sarah had not only taken her sock off but was using it as a teething aid, as she was giggling and amusing herself knowing she had got away with it that was me hooked and the routine broken again.
If I do get bored I suppose I always have my affair to fall back on. (with the TV)
My TV love affair