My Resolution: Invade My Kids’ Space


What's in This New Year's Kit? More Time with the Kids

Image by G. I. Barrett, II

Now that you are stuffed and showered with gifts from Santa and his helpful, yet familiar “elf helpers,” what’s your New Year’s resolution?  What will the new year bring to you and your family?  I often ask myself when this time of the year comes around, “What will I do this year?”  I seldom make resolutions simply because I have a hard time sticking to them.  So in the light of good spirits, I will forever here on out call them Yearly Goals. 

Top on my list: Spending quality time in my kids’ rooms!

If you take the time to sit in your child’s room, you will really learn a lot about them and how they operate. My Son loves basketball and his room shows it. The hallway shows it as well seeing that he has a miniature basketball goal on the linen door and his closet door. In between games of NBA2K16 and Madden 16, he takes multiple shots at the goal and says, “SPLASHHHHH” in a rhythmic, mellow toned voice accurately personating one of his favorite gamers. And, I am never strong enough to resist the urge to grab the lonely game controller and compete with the young man. This tells me that a connection can be made and time will be spent; and what better family oriented fad to participate in than to watch your son grow up before your eyes?

In my daughter ‘s room, there are a handful of playful aunts, sisters, mothers and kids. These are her “play families.” One thing I didn’t know was how she managed to name all of the kids and grown-ups and remember what she named them. But it didn’t surprise me, as she is very punctual. The young lady hates to be late to anything. Even her dolls are on time to the imaginary destinations she creates. She is very creative and artistic and her room shows it. She loves the “teaching” aspect of life and isn’t afraid to proclaim being a teacher once she finishes college. 

What am I saying? I’m saying to parents, and especially fathers; indulge in something other than your life and your space. Kids, whether you believe it or not, like for you to participate in the things they like to do. They yearn for the time that they get to spend with you; the smallest hand-to-hand gesture, or an occasional ride on the shoulders. You would be surprised at how much they like being spun around rapidly only to be completely dizzy once finished and unable to stand without falling.

Start 2016 off right and spend more time with you children in their “space” and show them how much you enjoy it! 


G. I. Barrett, II, a short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a North Carolina native and proud father of a son and daughter. He has forthcoming novels, including The Rise & Fall of Love’s Gravitational Pull. Connect with Barrett on Twitter: @therealgeneralb, Instagram: @wordolo_g and Facebook:

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G. I. Barrett, II, short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a native of North Carolina. He enjoys being a father and often considers himself the father of the year, every year. Being a dad has its perks. You get to shower your kids with love, food and the occasional evil eye. Every holiday enhances the relationship between a dad and his kids. Each month, Barrett will share parenting stories that focus on holidays from a dad’s perspective. When he’s not running down behind his daughter and son, or becoming a sturdy Stallion horse strong enough to carry two young and energetic cow-children on his back, he enjoys the family aspects of his community and incorporates his love for parenthood. Barrett has been featured in magazines and newspapers and believes painting the interesting parent picture with his “quill paintbrush” will help those who need reassurance that life is full of vibrant experiences.

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