Dadventures: A Guest Post by A Day In The Life Dad's Jamie Day
Arlo wears our Lightning Bolt Light Catcher
More recently, there seems to have been a shift in how dads spend their time with their children - whether that's during the week or at weekends. So many more dads now work from home or take shared parental leave which has, brilliantly, meant more time with the kids, but it's the weekends where real change is noticeable. As stereotypical as it is, most men still work Monday to Friday, so weekends are cherished. A generation ago, when Saturday came, dads could be seen up and down the land on misty mornings loading up the boot of their Mondeo with golf clubs, not to be seen again until nightfall. But not now. oh no. What with the rise of the modern-day dad, adventures with dad or shall we say "Dadventures" have been taken to a whole new level - not an ankle-breaking-rabbit-hole in sight. Dadventures are what weekends are for. Dadventures are what we live for. Whether we're on a muddy walk and helping the kids balance across a fallen tree in winter, exploring London and its sites, museums and Insta-walls in spring, hitting the beach in summer or stomping through crunchy leaves in the autumn (this sounds idyllic but we all know we are one step away from that hidden dog poo), us dads have seriously upped our game. And rightly so. In an age when there is so much for families to do that needn't cost the earth, and with so much inspiration (competition *wink*) from social media, Dadventures are being had all the time.
Arlo wears our boys style, turquoise Rainster
But what thought needs to go into a Dadventure? Well for me, not too much and I suspect most dads are the same. A day out organised by my lovely will run to a sensible schedule; we'll pack up the car with half of our household items and ensure we're home for a certain time. Of course, we all have an amazing time and without my wife's organisational skills and common sense, our days wouldn't be anywhere near as successful. On the other hand, a day organised by me will be dreamt up moments before we pile out of the door. We might head to an old town that I think will be interesting to explore, a glistening river I might have passed weeks ago that I think would be great for the kids and dogs to splash around in or we might finally get round to taking advantage of that National Trust membership that brazenly renews itself every year (god damn you Direct Debit). If we get lost, or the kids get tired, or we're late home, that's all part of the adventure - okay, tired kids aren't ideal, but being carted around by dad in all manner of wrestling holds is all part of the fun. As long as we've got some basic essentials, i.e. drinks, waterproofs (we live in the UK after all), the nappy bag and our phones, we should just about survive the day and have a brilliant time along the way.
Fittingly, it's Father's Day this weekend, and I suppose I could put my feet up or head to the village green and get the kids to dash around collecting wayward golf balls, but that just isn't me. And I know it's not a lot of dads these days either. Another weekend, whether it's Father's Day or not means another brilliant opportunity for a Dadventure.
This post is a guest post by Jamie Day, A Day In The Life Dad. Photographs by Jane Looker Photography.