This morning ,for example, Kid C had already had a giant tantrum when she first woke up, rejected my breakfast (I have never been a good cook) and not appreciated that I was trying to let her mum actually have a sleep in.
However, when she finally tricked me into taking her into see her mum, by grabbing hold of the sliding door and telling me to “hopen, hopen, change” inferring she needed to have her nappy changed (which she in fact did not). She was for the next little while attached to her mum.
Until of course Wife A told Kid C that she was going Swimming with daddy. From there I had a little shadow. A little shadow more than happy to get Dad’s shoes , put the towel in the bag etc.
The swimming lesson itself is always good fun. There are a bunch of regulars and strangely a majority of the parents are dads. I guess we all have the same idea to, pardon the term , give our wives a “chop out”.
Kid C likes the water and today swam by herself (with floaties on of course). Sorry for subjecting you all to proud dad syndrome I try to keep this to a minimum.
After swimming the Dad’s usually have a chat in the change rooms. Today we talked about the benefits to our families of having a little time out with our kids without mum. It is a benefit to our wives but it also allows us to bond with our kids and do things our way. All the regular dad’s have now discovered ways to change our kids after swimming, some get changed first then change the kids (yours truly), some bribe with fruit and some just change em cold turkey. There are no rules or regulations, all we hope to achieve is a kid well dressed enough to gain a pass mark when we bring them home.
Overall whilst it may be a difficult prospect on a Saturday morning, the weekly swimming lesson is not only good for Kid C but it’s good for me too.
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