My dad had to travel a lot for work when we were young, and I treasured the times we spent together when he was home. One day after lunch, he started doodling on the back of an old envelope, then began to tell me a story as he drew - little bug people, strange mechanical contraptions, silly happenings - a wonderful unexpected sharing between like minds. The seed of that moment stayed with me, and gave me the idea of intentionally having visual conversations with my young clients who also shared that visual thinking "flavour". A great idea that has grown into many useful techniques - thanks Dad!
Dads add a whole different dimension to parenting. They often have a well-developed sense of fun, of the absurd. I was always impressed with how my husband, John, was able to make up endless silly games using whatever was at hand - a cardboard box, a ball, a piece of string. He could improvise stories and contests on the spot, easily connecting to his own "inner child", following the kids into their world and intuitively knowing what was fun. It's a gift. Often, when I'm at a loss in therapy for how to truly catch a child's interest, I channel my "inner John" to find the game in the mundane.