09 September 2012

social commentary Sunday . . . 'how to get the best behaviour from your children on Father's Day'

Greetings all,
My husband & i have been doing this parent thing for a while & celebrated many Mothers' & Fathers' Days (i've spent 10 without my husband to coordinate the children to do nice things for me, yet the military seems to have husbands home for Father's Day, go figure??)  Anyway . . . last Sunday was Father's Day & without even discussing it, we had both planned to take the children out for a picnic lunch, Questacon (science centre) & make the day all about them . . . cue the most perfectly-behaved-happy children a Daddy is proud to call his own on Father's Day.
We have an annual membership to Questacon & go frequently + it's been renovated recently with new attractions.  The free fall is always a hit, even better when the centre is practically empty & your children are told to leave their jump suits on & keep free falling!!
There are so many cool things to see & do from experiencing earth quakes & watching lightening, making Tsunamis & clouds . . .
or go blind staring at 3D puzzles, spirals & lights.
 Most of the science geeks on the floor are senior high school & University students, i actually find many a bit pushy & in your face.  I did science for 6 years at Uni, so i know a thing or two, but they leap in with their own unsolicited explanation, hmmm.
Cap that off with letting the children run loose on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffen, some shopping in Kingston (where the beautiful people live) & hot chips in a park, then a remedial massage for my broken soldier . . . everyone is happy!! 
So, want to avoid saying "can't you children even behave on this ONE day of the year" & avoid disappointment, do something they will love . . . outdoors, food, adventure & geeky, on a full belly from a delicious cooked breakfast with freshly squeezed juice . . . win win i say.  Personally i dismiss the hype & retail hysteria around these forced occasions, we celebrate being parents EVERYDAY, however, my husband did rather love the Lindsay&Edmunds organic chocolates, Le Creuset salt pig & fancy KitchenAid 4 slice toaster which does crumpets, muffins & super thick toast without getting stuck as his gifts!!  Plus the children made crafty things at school, so happy to let them celebrate their wonderful Daddy . . . any extra chance to spoil him (+ Grandad & Grandpa interstate.)
Happy Father's Day handsome soldier, we love you so much.  Love Posie

10 comments:

sascedar said...

questacon is just fabulous. we have visited once or twice- on the obligatory school excurion as a kid, then we took our eldest when he was about 4. he has grown into a beautiful geek, it must be time for another visit! glad to see you had a wonderful fathers day :)sarah

TexWisGirl said...

sounds like a great day for everyone! :) and together!

Jen R said...

Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all...so nice to have your Hubby home this year xx

Jo in TAS said...

We did the picnic thing too, unfortunately the park didn't have a basketball ring so 15 yo was a bit dissappointed but it was a lovely day and he got to eat sausages so inthe end everyone was happy.
PS suggest you write to HQ and demand him home for Mother's Day next year! The defence forces reckon they're family friendly, maybe it's time they prove it. :-)

Coal Valley View said...

SO great that you guys were together for Father's Day! I love Questacon - always a must when we're in Canberra, although we went on a busy day last time and temporarily 'lost' a child :-) Hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday! Melx

Naturally Carol said...

This post brings back some memories for me. We used to take our kids to Questacon regularly too and walks along the foreshores of the lake as well. Our boys all used to get their haircuts at Stefans in Kingston and then we'd go for a special afternoon tea together. Later my friend down the road and I used to have morning tea at The Silo on the Friday's we weren't going to Bruno's or another great cafe. Sometimes I do miss Canberra!

Polly said...

It sounds like a wonderful day. We redid fathers day this yer after our first attempt was disastrous. I'm glad we did, the second attempt was lovely.

Alannah said...

We went to Questacon in October 2011 and miss nine loved the big slide. She was so funny to watch!

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