The Key to Being a Great Dad

The Key to Being a Great Dad

A few years ago when the Chicago White Sox were going to the World Series (which they eventually won), a lottery was held for the much coveted pairs of tickets to each of the home games. When those tickets were awarded, a news reporter asked some of the lucky recipients, all young men in their early 20’s to early 30’s, who they would be taking to the big event with them. Without exception, they all replied, “My Dad.”When asked why their fathers, again, the answers were remarkably consistent. They talked about how they were introduced to baseball by their fathers, how their fathers would play catch with them in the backyard, how their fathers would regularly watch games on TV with them and take them to see games at the stadium on occasion as well. Not one said anything about showing appreciation for something his father had bought for him.

A good father takes his role as provider seriously. He does everything he can to ensure his child has what he needs. He also does what he can to ensure his child has what he wants as well. But sometimes he forgets that what is most precious to his child is not a toy, gadget, or some other material item, but rather the bond that is formed when they spend time together just having fun.

And I can’t think of a better way to start forming that bond than by enrolling your kid in a parent participation class at Romp n’ Roll and being the one who accompanies him.

Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at drmike@romproll.com.

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