Mornings are always tough to leave when the kids are up. Sadly, it’s easier to leave the cave before the bear cubs awake. I remember as a new dad, I worked as an engineer for GE and had to leave at the same time every day (like many of you). My wife would be holding little Kenny on our apartment balcony as I agonized a goodbye wave and kiss. I just wanted to ditch the job and cuddle up with them instead.
Can any of you relate, especially as a new dad? We want to stay in the cave, but if we do, the mama bear and cubs will starve out. Thus, we put on a positive countenance for our family, leave the cave, go kill something, and bring it back.
As we changed careers and became self-employed, goodbyes were easier due to the flexibility of my schedule. They were still hard! What could I do? Well, in truth, it happened quite organically. When dad bear gets home, dragging his kill to mama bear and the cubs, he gets the “Daddy’s home!!!” parade. This is the best part of the day. To hear the joy of my kids when I get home. It would be followed by, and let me know if you get these too?
“Dad, can play rough?”
“Dad, can we go outside and play?”
“Dad, can you build Lego’s with me?”
“Dad, can (you fill it in)?”
Along his journey from artist to engineer to entrepreneur, Ken Carfagno became a dad. And like many new dads, his kids inspired a long-forgotten gift. Ken could make up stories and draw his kids into them. This sparked a dream that lead to Dadnamics, the infusion of creativity, adventure, and silliness into dad time. And it lead to the Arctic Land experience.