One Game Dad 19: Engagement Directives
The Mission: Entertain the Baby. The Solution: Anything that works.
The last episode was about bad habits babies develop. Well this week's episode was about entertaining them. And much like the habits they form, it's all about doing whatever it takes.
Another way of putting that, is just giving in to their greater interest in your phone or keys then the slew of toys strewn about the house. It's why I ultimately switched to a Nokia 3310. My previous phone being destroyed by drool and drops. It really doesn't matter that her grandmother keeps bringing over new toys, the very toys my wife played with, because my daughter just doesn't care.
I've said it before, but here it is again. I want to be a good father. That means keeping my kid engaged, and trying different things. I answer her questions, and there are a lot. Mainly it's, "Da?" a shortened version of "Där?" But she's actively interested in the world around her and I don't want to discourage that. I only wish I didn't have to follow her around so much.
That won't be a problem much longer as she starts daycare tomorrow. Professional educators and an opportunity for me to focus on my interests mean I should approach her questions her probing of the world with renewed interests and enthusiasm. She's keen on everything around her and I want to encourage and take part in that, but to do so I need to have the energy and interest.