My wife and I have a 2 year old daughter. It’s honestly great and I truly love being a father. My wife’s job shifts around sometimes – this time because of COVID – so instead of working normal office hours she is working Saturdays for the next month or so.

This means that today I’m spending the whole day with my kid.

It seems daunting. Kids (hopefully) take naps so that’s an hour or so covered, but the rest of the day they basically have endless energy, so when I know days like this are coming up I freak out a bit because I worry that I’ll have to plan an entire day worth of activities.

So far so good. It always turns out a lot easier than I think it will be, and as long as you’re in the moment it’s really enjoyable hanging out with a 2 year old. Almost everything is a new experience. They have something funny to say about almost everything. They are amazed by and take pleasure in the simplest of things.

My worry is always that I’ll get too tired to keep up, or that my kid will get bored. I also don’t want her to watch TV all day (which is impossible anyway cause the limit for a 2 year old sitting still is maybe 15 minutes).

Today my strategy was to plan blocks of time. I let her sleep in a little bit. We had breakfast. Then we ran errands.

I needed to buy a piece of felt so that I could glue it to the bottom of this fancy bowl my wife bought so it won’t scratch stuff up (it’s metal), so we went to Joann’s fabric to get some. My daughter had a blast walking down the aisles and looking at everything – especially the fake flowers. It was interesting for me to see all of the different craft and home decoration items they had to offer as well.

I guess if I could offer one piece of advice it would be to try and just be in the moment as much as possible and enjoy the time that you have with your kid. Make plans if you can, but nothing too strict. Try and take it easy as much as possible. Spend time with family and friends as much as you can too because they enjoy your kid almost as much as you do.