April’s fun theme for dads has been “Time to … You Want Me to Do What?”  In my many years as a dad, I found that this theme fits well with what I have always called “seizing the moment” with your child.

Here are just a few examples of what I did as a dad to seize the moment and have a lot of fun with my three kids when they were young.

Sweep your young daughter up in your arms and dance around for a moment or two.

Sit down beside your child and ask him to tell you all about his latest “passion” – what he is really interested in.

Have a meal where everyone must eat with the “wrong” hand.

Wear yourself out wrestling with your kid on the family room floor.

Invite your child to help you plan a special surprise for Mom – a nice meal, a “Mom Appreciation Night”.

On a snow day from school, sled down the hill with your child. Or make snow ice cream.

Some evening, say to a child before bedtime, “Come outside with me” and there have a tent set up for a night of camping under the stars (I confess I did not get around to this but it always sounded cool).

When you have lots of “seized moments” like this with your child, it is quite likely the child will look back someday and say, “Dad was the guy who made life a lot of fun.”