Confessions of a Queenstown Dad | August 2021

Confessions of a Queenstown Dad | August 2021 1394 1396 The Flyer Magazine

This set of school holidays has been hard – hard for a few reasons.

  1. The age gap between our children seems to be bigger than ever when it comes to things we can do together. We have a 14-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl, a 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old girl. So this becomes an issue when it comes to family movie night, going out to the park, or even just heading into town. We can never get any consensus on these activities. 
  2. The kids just seem to be bickering constantly, about anything and everything.
  3. Our house also seems to be smaller even though we have four bedrooms and two lounges.
  4. I’m getting older.

So I decided to do the “man thing” and solve my own problem. I looked at everything logically, broke it up into small chunks and then came up with this.

  1. We are going to write down three things each we’d like to do that don’t cost over $50 as a family, (not including travel). Each day we are all together we are going to draw one of those things out of the hat and do that activity (weather dependant). The older kids have to actually research their activities and make sure of the costings. For the younger ones we’ll just navigate them to something that’ll work. When it comes to movie night we can split them into two groups and have a lounge each.
  2. When it comes to the constant bickering I am going to give each child $20 for the week but each time they fight, talk back, or argue then they ALL lose $1. This’ll be interesting to watch.
  3. I realised the house is getting smaller because the kids’ stuff is in every room. It’s like they have a deposit of clothes in each room, “just in case”. Like that kid in the movie, “Signs”, where he leaves glasses of water everywhere. So I’m going to put the clothes left at the end of the day in a giant bag and then make them put all those clothes on that are theirs and we are going to go for a walk. This will either work spectacularly or fail miserably, or both, (I have a suspicion that the little girls will love it).
  4. I can’t do anything about this, but I can drink plenty of water, eat good food, exercise and look after my well-being. Then I will hopefully grow into someone who can tell all these stories to my great grandchildren.
  5. You can do this.

You are doing a good job.

You are enough.

Shaun 

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