Today – Just an hour a week, but so precious
I think it is lovely to see men teaching their sons. Many years ago this would happen naturally as boys followed their dads down the mines, or became the family shoe cleaners or learned to build a fire or make a table out of wood. Now the reality is many dads (and mum ) work long hours and other people teach out kids to swim and they go to college for apprenticeships.
I know one dad who is a really busy businessman but who carves one scared hour into his each and every week to teach his son to play golf. His son is just ten and whilst he is growing up he still very much wants to be part of his dad’s life. Dad feels the same and this is great for their bond. Begore they did this they used to have to wait till holiday times to really bond or the occasionally non busy weekend. Now it’s a regular slot.
Photo Credit: Makelessnoise
The dad spends the session not just playing companionably but really teaching his son to hold his golf clubs correctly, getting the right swing, the right stance and enough power. The son listens really closely and is inspired by his dad’s skills. This is lovely for dad as often he feels it is coaches and teachers that get this side of hs son not him.
When playing golf it’s particularly important to have the correct equipment to play to your full potential and this dad makes sure each birthday and Christmas that son gets a little something extra towards his kit. They are building up a lovely relationship that will take them through to when they are both men and its very special to see.
Children only need a bit of our time, a small but regular investment of ourselves as teachers and mentors to really help our bond and create lasting connections.
What could you do this week with your child?
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