My Kids are My Hobby

My kids are my hobby

My kids are my hobby – Ken Shuman

I recently reconnected with an old friend and it has been more than 10 years since we chatted. When I asked him what was new he said “my kids are my hobby.”

I have never used this term before but I could relate.

Today is my four year anniversary and it is amazing how quickly my life has changed. During the past four years, Nicole and I have bought a home, had two amazing children and she launched her own company. During this time, my old hobbies like golfing, going to live sporting events and concerts have all tapered off – and I have hardly noticed. My old hobbies are on “hold” but that is because I want to spend as much time with kids.

They are my new hobby.

On Saturday mornings I take Eli and Audrey to San Rafael gymnastics so we can run, jump and bounce around to start the day. Most afternoons we take a walk to the park and play on the swings and dig in the sand. On Sunday mornings we go as a family to the farmer’s market where we buy fresh produce and veggies, sample tasty foods and dance to the live music being played. This is my weekend routine and I couldn’t be happier.

A few weeks ago I took a bike ride and Eli was on his little scooter following along. It was the first time we did this and it amazing. It gave me a glimpse what it is going to be like as the kids get older. I look forward to soccer, baseball, etc…

Spending time with my kids are my new hobby and I couldn’t be happier!


2 thoughts on “My Kids are My Hobby

  • Similarly, before my son was born I gave up almost all of my volunteer work so I could be around more outside of work time with him and my partner. It was a brilliant decision that I have never regretted.

  • I really enjoyed reading this and can relate to a lot of what you said despite having only just become a father in April of this year. I go to fewer football matches than I used to, but spending more time with our son is always time well spent!

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