I must confess, while I am a fan of NickJr’s no-commercial, preschool cable channel, one of their programs I’m less than fond of is Yo Gabba Gabba. So when I was presented the opportunity to take my 3 year old girl to their live concert event, I’d be lying to say I was completely thrilled.
It turns out, though, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience! My head did not explode nor my brains turn to jelly. Here’s a simple survival tip for other dads out there presented with a similar opportunity: Remember, this isn’t about the show… it’s about a shared experience with your child.
What I found was, I watched almost none of the show. Instead I focused upon my daughter and her reaction to the experience. In all things, whether it’s the wonders of nature or a man-made spectacle of this sort, there is nothing like seeing the world through the joy filled eyes of a child.
Watch my daughter’s reaction to the “snow”:
Older parents whose kids are grown and gone never fail to say, “time passes so fast.” And it does, doesn’t it? I for one do not want to miss opportunities to share experiences with my daughter. Too soon, that inevitable day will arrive when she says, “thanks dad, but I’d rather go with my friends.”
What have you and your kids shared?