I'm a big fan of carving out 20 minutes each day to do something fun with Pigtails. It doesn't take much, just giving the kid a little bit of one-on-one time playing and laughing together. This is an easy way to show her that I love her. Knowing that she has a dad that cares seems to make her a happy and confident little girl.
When she was a tiny tot, we'd sit in the living room facing each other, feet touching, rolling a fat pink ball back and forth. She squealed and clapped. As she aged, ball time matured to bouncing it to each other. Eventually, it morphed into catch, kickball and baseball in the backyard.
Lately, Pigtails wants to play with the pile of balloons leftover from her birthday party. So that's what we did tonight. I snapped these photos before chucking her in bed, so much for not getting her wound up before bedtime.
I think parents sometimes overdo it with possessions and formal activities for the little ones. Kids mostly yearn for quality time from mom and dad, not Game Boys or too many activities. Do kiddos really need to be in soccer, dance, piano, choir, summer camp, swim lessons and bull riding at the same time?