When you do something, no matter how big or how small and your child gives you that priceless smile.
Surely this is the greatest thing and probably the single most important thing you want to achieve as a parent, making the kid smile?!
My boy is 3 and has just started getting into figures, wrestlers, superheroes, soldiers etc… I brought home a couple of figures that I picked up from the £1 shop, no point buying the £20 each ones yet until I know he will like them. Well, the amazement and smile on his face receiving about £3’s worth of toys was a moment that won’t ever leave me. It doesn’t always take millions of pounds worth of stuff to make your children happy. The daughters however can be slightly more costly now at 10 and 11, iPad’s and Chromebooks aren’t anywhere to be seen in the £1 shop!
The main reason I’m writing this particular post however, I’ve been strong armed, I mean, I’ve agreed (I haven’t!!!!) to getting our first family dog.
A Pug… I’ve had a number of dogs growing up, usually bigger dogs like a German Shepherd, Rottweiler and a Labrador. Now we’re getting a Pug. That’s right, a Pug.
Being the person who’s home the most, being the person that really doesn’t need any extra responsibility and being the DAD, guess who will get to look after our latest addition to the family the most, me, yay…. So as you can guess I’m not exactly over-joyed by the fast approaching arrival of another family member, having said this check out the photo’s throughout this blog. The extra responsibility of a dog may not make me smile, but knowing that once she arrives my children’s faces will light up like it’s Christmas again is surely worth it. Not only this but the wife will be happy to, so it’s win win right? So I’ll have to take her on walks (The dog, not the wife) and clean up her poo (Again, the dog, not the wife!) but the kids will be happy!
Our Pug will be called Peppa, as in Peppa Pug if you see what we’ve done there! I’m sure she’ll feature heavily in future posts. Peppa is costing us a boat load of money but when I sit down and try to come to terms with the reality that this is happening, I think there are even more benefits to having a family dog than just having a new mate for your kids.
Up to now my posts tend to be quite tongue in cheek but I can actually show a serious side, no honestly I can! I’m guilty of over-thinking things through sometimes. So despite having zero influence in this decision I’ve decided to think through the possible positives. I said earlier about a new dog being extra responsibility, that’s true and I’m hoping to teach and share that responsibility with the children. Having their own bedrooms, tech devices and general school life, they do have certain small responsibilities already, but a dog is a living being, with a personality and needs greater than just being plugged in to charge up!
The boy, 3 will no doubt want to help out feeding Peppa and taking her on walks and playing with her etc, however anyone with kids 10 and 11 know that they will too want to help out, for about 2 weeks until the novelty wares off and they will help out aslong as it doesn’t involve poo and fits into their schedule. Hey they might even spend a couple of weeks downstairs rather than in their rooms pouting and taking selfies.
We’ve already introduced pocket money, paid weekly upon completion of usual tasks you’d expect from kids, keeping their rooms tidy, washing their pots after meals etc. I’m sure now helping out feeding and walking Peppa can be added to this and it will help further towards responsibility being natural as they get older. You don’t want to overload kids with things they must do, school, making friends and keeping up with trends is stressful enough, but you cannot overlook the importance of getting them ready for the adult world. This includes money management which isn’t taught anywhere near enough in schools.
So despite my initial feelings towards welcoming Peppa into our family, I do think that she will offer not only a source of responsibility to help the kids but will undoubtedly be a loved family member, as much as my masculine super Dad image want’s to deny it, she is kinda cute, COOL, I mean cool!
A good way to make decisions as a parent, not always a costly way is, will this achieve that priceless smile on my child’s face? If it will then go for it!