How Dads Can Create a “Rainbow Day”
By Cynthia Klein, Bridges 2 Understanding
A famous musician introduced his performance of “Over the Rainbow” saying, “You can’t have a rainbow without having some stormy weather.”
Imagine you are a dad taking the kids to the Exploratorium by yourself. You want everyone to have a good time, yet you may have some reservations. What if the kids become cranky and disagreeable? What if they fight? What if my child has a tantrum on the Exploratorium floor? These worries can cause even the most confident dad to hesitate.
Preparation, parenting knowledge and self-reflection will ensure that you create a Rainbow Day. This is a day where clouds may appear as upsets and sadness and rain may fall as tears and tantrums. Yet, in the end the sun will shine with closeness and laughter and a rainbow will appear bearing beautiful memories of a day together.
Creating a Rainbow Day isn’t a mystery; yet it does take time and effort before, during and after the event. When calculated, your proactive efforts will take less time than your reactive responses to out-of-control situations. Learning how to pay attention to emotional, social and physical needs will eliminate many potential problems and stormy moments.