Headline: Put the Cellphone Down and Play!At Pinot’s Palette, we spend a lot of time talking about girl’s night and how important it is for mom’s well being to get out of the house and into St. Louis Park’s premier sip and paint studio for a night out drinking wine, painting, and connecting with friends. But Pinot’s Palette also gives dads an opportunity to connect with their kids for quality, one-on-one time both while mom enjoys her girl’s night out and at one of our studio painting events. The bottom line? It’s important for dads to spend one-on-one time with their kids. Here are just a few reasons why.
While fitting one-on-one time into our busy schedules may seem overwhelming, the good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of time to have a positive influence. According to a study in the Journal of Marriage and Family, when it comes to one-on-one time quality is more important than quantity. Giving your children your full attention is associated with more positive development than the stressed out, multi-tasking many of us feel compelled to give.
Spending quality time helps you to understand your child. One-on-one time is an opportunity to get to know what your child likes and what your child is good at. This, in turn, will allow you to have a more active role in their development, preventing future angst and frustration by steering them towards the activities they’re really interested in, rather than the activities you think they should be interested in.
Unsurprisingly, children look up to their fathers. When they’re given your undivided attention, they get a feeling of importance that helps build their self esteem. In an excerpt from “The Gift Of Fatherhood: How Men’s Lives are Transformed by Their Children,” posted on www.parents.com, Aaron Haas states that the high levels of self esteem in childhood forms the foundation for a positive psychological state in adulthood. All this from an hour or two away from your cell phone and playing!
One-on-one time early in life also sets the stage for a better lifelong connection. Your undivided attention builds trust between you and your child; trust that will help them feel comfortable approaching you when their problems are bigger than a broken crayon or a missing toy. Writing at www.sheknows.com, Elizabeth Weiss McGolerick states that maintaining a father-child connection is important especially for adolescent girls. One-on-one time early in life may help pave the way for a mutually respectful, trusting relationship throughout their life.
From pre-K to post-docs, Pinot’s Palette St. Louis Park offers plenty of events for dads to spend creative time with kids at any stage of their development. Got a budding artist on your hands? Help spark their creativity at one of our specially designed, kid-friendly events. Looking for something a bit more sophisticated? Have your teenager pick a night for the two of you to fill a canvas together. And when the kids get older, our premier sip and paint studio is an excellent venue to spend a few hours connecting with wine, food, and painting. Check out our schedule of events for information on upcoming events.
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