As part of Take The Magic Step’s effort to encourage families to spend more time together, Dad’s Corner author Peter Könnicke takes a light-hearted look at real-life experiences shared with his young son, Fritz.
Writing from his town of Potsdam, Germany, Peter’s experiences and words can be shared universally by all parents. His articles will provoke thought and laughter as they explore the relationship between a parent and a curious child.
An action-packed vacation with my son turns into a lesson learned about competitiveness, camaraderie, and the wonderful spirit embodied in playing games but oftentimes forgotten in the adult world.
How do you behave while your child is playing soccer? Are the adults’ rules the same as the ones for our children? And when and who are the winners? These are some of the questions which haunted our writer Piet Könnicke during an unsettling soccer game of his eleven-year old son, Fritz.
"Wrestling is cool," my son told me when I asked him what was so fascinating about wrestling. Our Saturday nights have now a set program since my son has discovered a pro wrestling show. I never expected he would find some use of the show for his dancing class ...
By the end of the summer we would be able to swim across the lake and back. We practiced nearly every day, "Come on, you can do it," I tried to encourage my son. But he used his own unigue style to stay motivated.
My son was 4 when I gave him his first snorkel so that he could go for a dive in the bath tub. At the age of 5 we gave him a mountain bike, at 7 I sent him to a judo class, at 8 to a soccer club. I really had done everything ... and now he wanted to dance.
“Newspapers have to write patriotically,” I said to my son while sitting on the coach on a Sunday morning watching a Formula 1 car race. “What does ‘patriotic’ mean?” my son asked. I tried to explain that sport has a lot to do with patriotism.
People say a father-son outdoor vacation is important, a chance for father and son to bond while camping in nature, eating out of cans, lighting campfires, having father-son-conversations together.
Is it really a smart move to buy my son a jersey with the name of a famous soccer player on the back? A name like Beckham, for example? Isn’t that significantly increasing the pressure on him to succeed? Do I then need to worry that he’ll only go swimming if suited up like Ian […]