“Mama, sing Number Five” my girl said to me as she snuggled down for bed.
“Number Five?” I asked, wracking my brain.
“Yah. Number Five” she nodded.
“Um….I’m not sure I know that song.”
“Ok. Sing Silly Dogs Mama.”
“Huh. How about…She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain?”
“Yah. That’s good too.”
Later that night I told Jas, “Cookie asked me to sing Number Five and Silly Dogs.”
He nodded. “Those are my songs.”
“Oh?! How do they go?”
“I’m not really sure. I just make them up as I go along.”
I’ve been reading a lot about fathers lately–how their approaches to parenting expose children to different styles of communication, and how their methods of play introduce unpredictability. Ultimately the way men (speaking generally of course) parent help children become more independent, preparing them for dealing with all types of real-world situations. Following are some visual parenting differences I’ve captured over the past couple of years–a celebration of mama and tata (daddy) styles in our home.
How Mama dresses me:
How Tata dresses me:
How Mama plays with me:
How Tata plays with me:
Tools Mama lets me play with:
Tools Tata lets me play with:
Snack with Mama:
Snack with Tata:
Sharing Mama’s loves:
Sharing Tata’s loves:
And yet, we still snuggle the same:
Happy Father’s Day to all the unpredictable, delightful Tatas out there!
I’d love to hear your own mama/tata parenting/ parented observations, so please share with me.