Creating a Family Tradition – A Fatherhood Legacy Story

An interview with Matt Hearn

What do you want your children to remember of you?

After realising my family enjoyed my home made pizza I added it as a weekly menu item on Friday nights, and declared I was starting a Family Pizza Night tradition.

Friday night was good because we had no other activities so it allows my kids (six and four year old) to get involved. Initially they helped roll out the dough and “decorate” their pizza with their favourite toppings. Now they even help me mix the ingredients to make the dough. We all put on our aprons and stand in a line at the bench as we decorate. It takes about 3 times longer but it’s at least that many times more enjoyable.

At their young age they may not easily remember the one-off things we’ve done together but I feel confident they’ll remember this repeated tradition.

Activities:

Play with your children

Don’t just sit and watch your children at play, join in!

Tips:

Making time

Block out time in your calendar or diary for dad dates and other times to spend with your family – don’t leave it to chance.