Yesterday I saw a post floating around a lot of the parenting blog Facebook pages that actually caught my attention. It was a simple list of 25 things a mom needed from her family. I read it as did many others and thought it was well done. The needs were basic, but essential for any parent really.
So of course I decided to do my own list but for dad. I hope the GromMom doesn’t mind.
No printable version or doctored up for Pinterest, just a list.
What a dad needs most from his family: 25 things
- Support. Whether it is good news, bad news, burnt dinner or if the Raptors lost. Unconditional support is the best.
- Order. Or at least the illusion of order. I am a planner, so let’s keep the chaos to a minimum.
- Tea. Don’t worry, you don’t need to make it. I got it.
- Sleep. This is more about everyone else sleeping than me.
- Quiet Sunday morning. While I don’t actually sleep in, just having time to myself is pretty therapeutic.
- Keeping ears turned on. Not having to repeat myself is a great feeling.
- Faith. Gotta have faith right? If you asked me to do something, I am getting to it.
- Grown up talk. It’s hard to carve out the time, but it’s worth it. Politics, local news, how everyone is doing.
- TV time. I love my shows. Give me 44 minutes and I am recharged for the next thing.
- Chips. I keep them on the top shelf for a reason.
- Laughs. Our family runs on laughs. We entertain each other. I hope it never stops.
- Sports. In particular the Raptors and March Madness. Watching alone is preferable.
- Time to explore. Toronto is great for just walking. It helps my mind work.
- BBQ food. Takeout or cooked on the Big Green Egg.
- Dada. Love hearing that every day when I see Charlie.
- Smiles. The payoff for doing something nice or pulling off a big surprise.
- Freedom. Not playing the game 20 questions about everything.
- Acceptance. That I snore, that I fidget, that I tend to bite my nails.
- A closed bathroom door. I mean really, who wants to be in there with me?
- My own juice. Whatever the flavour, it is nice to know it is there when needed.
- Treat lunches. Ideally some kind of burger.
- My back. Sticking up for dad when he needs it, or doesn’t.
- Tidying. I am looking at you kids. Lego is a serious health hazard to my feet.
- Music. Yes music makes the people come together. At least the people in our house.
- Imagination. I love to use it. I love when my family uses it. Dream big I say.
I also recently did a post of the most essential things for me to have a good day. Pretty similar right?
Again thanks to GromMom for the inspiration for this list.