How to keep dad in the communication loop
With Father’s Day only a few days away we thought it appropriate to ask dads what they want to know about their toddler’s day and how to keep them up-to-date.
When everyone rushes home, gets the dinner on and then it’s bath-time, it can be a moment when dads can hang out with the children and develop a unique bond.
Dads like hearing about fun and games
We know this is a generalisation, but it seems dads are keen to hear all about the fun and games at their children’s early childhood education centre, but nappies and meals are less interesting.
However, information about sleep is super-important. Yes – every sleep deprived parent wants to speculate about what they can expect in the night ahead.
Dads can spark a child’s imagination
Toddler conversations can be quite remarkable and very imaginative, with a simple event in their day becoming extraordinary.
A piece of artwork can start a story about the colours the tamariki selected and the shapes, and with some enthusiasm from dad – the conversation could morph into a trip to the moon.
Dads want to know about friends
It can be fun for dads to find out who their children played with at day care, which is great when they meet the little friend outside of the ECE centre.
It helps dads understand who is important in their toddler’s life and builds children’s foundations for social interaction and their sense of belonging.
Dads can chat about the child’s favourite play space
Playtime is cool time and when dads know about the different areas at the childcare centre it can give them ideas for starting a conversation.
For example, the sit-on digger in the sandpit might be a child’s favourite toy and an astute dad can say, “What did you build in the sandpit today?”
Technology helps keep dads in their children’s ECE adventures
Technology has made it easier for dads to stay in tune with their child’s favourite activities, with Kinder m8 sharing newsfeeds, daily diaries, and learning stories and journeys.
However, some technology, such as social media, may put more pressure on dads to be super-dads. Don’t stress Dad – you don’t have to be perfect.
Dad events with toddlers at day care
Dads tell us they prefer events to be later in the day and they like to receive the invite on their smart device, which automatically locks it into their calendar.
Kinder m8 can do this as well as collect dads’ RSVPs, send updates and reminders, to make sure dads remember the important date.
Dads want to know about bumps, bruises and upset tummies
Parenting is a balance of the fun stuff and the tough stuff and if dads know the details of an incident, it helps them understand the impact on their child and how it will be prevented in future.
Phew – it is great Kinder m8 has a great incident and illness function to keep dads informed.
Happy Father’s Day Dads
Your children will always want you to be part of their day and on Father’s Day, we hope you have an opportunity to share a special moment with your precious tiny tots.