DaddiLife was set up to be much more than a site or a brand. It’s there to represent a modern day dad attitude! Every month we’re featuring the dads out there who best represent that attitude. This month we’re looking at hobbies and keeping them alive! Many dads assume that the arrival of fatherhood spells the end of all the things they liked to do as an independent and irresponsible adult. When the baby arrives, will there be any time for trivial things, like reading, working out or just hanging out with a cold beer?
As these dads show, the answer is unequivocal. Yes there will. You just need to find inventive ways of fitting your hobbies round your responsibilities as a parent. Luckily, the DaddiLife community has the answers.
Reading is important. All the knowledge of humankind is contained in books. And on a parenting note, kids surrounded by books and reading are more likely to take up the habit themselves. So whatever your fathering style, never give up the reading, even if you have to squeeze it in at every available opportunity.
As Toomas shows us, there’s many a way for dads to get creative when reading! Put the sling into good use dad.
Just because you’ve had a child doesn’t mean you should let yourself go. In fact, exercise is even more important once you’re a dad, because it teaches your children good habits and also because, let’s be honest, your children want you around for many years to come (after all, who else is going to splash the cash at Christmas and chauffeur them between parties and sports classes on an almost daily basis). So don’t stop exercising when children come along – use children to enhance your exercise regime…
As Andrew and Tanya show us – there’s room to think way outside the box when it comes to exercise!
With all the pressures of fatherhood to cope with, it’s nice to be able to sit down at the end of a long, hard day and enjoy a cold, refreshing beer. Foolishly, many dads assume that the arrival of fatherhood signals the end of their drinking days! That is negative thinking, my friends. Instead, think outside the box (and drink outside the bar). The arrival of fatherhood simply means the chance to enlist a new drinking buddy. Cheers!
As Michael shows us, why not get creative with the drink and turn it into family ‘date-night’ too?
Taking up sports can be pretty challenging. Finding the time as well as the equipment to go regularly isn’t easy when you’re a dad. But there may be a solution here…
As Sarah shows us, why not look at activities where you (or a group of dads?) can get together with the kids. Bowling is a great way to let off some steam and something to keep the kids more than entertained too.
Finally, if you’re anything like the DaddiLife team, one of your chief hobbies pre-kids was sleep. We were so good at it. In fact, sleep was less of a hobby and more of a religion. That needn’t change when children come along. As these dads show, it’s just a case of grabbing it whenever and wherever you can.
These dads have the right idea. You’ll be a better dads if you’re rested, and even short naps can help. So grab 40 winks whenever you can.