How do you bond with your kids when you do not live in the same house after a divorce?
That was the question I asked myself.
Creating new and fun ways of connecting with our kids not only builds a family but you are making memories at the same time.
A business coach advised me to do something called "Parenting Tip Tuesday's" and I have done that. I wanted to create maybe a new tradition of my own and that is making the tips into a weekly podcast.
Here is the first one.
What traditions have you come up with that is unique to your family? How were they created?
On this podcast (and past ones as well) I talk about how my son Connor and I had a monthly tradition called "do not make your bed day." Once a month we would not make our bed. Was it silly? Yes. However, it created fun in our house. Such as the time he took off all of the covers off my bed to proclaim "NO MAKING THE BED DAY!"
When a family becomes a blended family there are going to be traditions that each family brings. To really become a family it is vital to not only embrace established traditions but here is an opportunity as a new family create new ones.
After my divorce it was very hard for me to care about the holidays because it was just depressing to even think about. My first Christmas after the divorce (the divorce was actually final on Dec 24) I could not face Connor. Yes it was very selfish of me.
This is why coming up with fun and new ideas might be a better pill then self medicating.
OK enjoy the audio and please let me know on the Facebook page what you have come up with.
Executive producer and host of the podcast Blending The Family where you can find on Stitcher Radio, ITunes and IHeart Radio. Tommy has spoken at TEDx, Ignite Fort Collins and Keynote Speaker at Everything Dad Convention. The author of the books "25 Tips For Divorced Dads.” “Why not you, Why Not Me” and His new book “My Dad’s Advice At 5:04 AM” is coming out in 2018. Tommy enjoys a good red blend while writing or hiding from the family. A dad to Betsy, Becca, Connor, Duke and husband to Ann. You can connect with Tommy at the website Blending The Family.Com