I am officially a Latte Pappa

In Stockholm, it’s common to see dads with expensive strollers hanging out in the park, in tight jeans, just-right white shirts and a nice beard.

The boom of latte papas can not be attributed to a trend, the credit goes to Sweden’s generous family leave program as well as Swedish fathers adopting a  hands on parenting model in which fathers get the chance bond with their babies. Each couple receives  480 days of paid parental leave for each child, which can be taken up until the child turns eight. Most of those days can be shared between the parents.

Let’s go to the definition of the word: Latte Pappa

– a humorous term for a Scandinavian father

The result? Head to any Swedish cafe during the week and you’ll come across the country’s notorious ‘latte pappas’ enjoying a coffee break, before heading to the park with their kids o strolling around town for some shopping

Coming from a more traditional part of Germany, I can say every child needs a “Latte Pappa” – during the early years of  their life.

Children with involved dads generally do better in life not to mention are less likely to break the law or drop out of school.

When fathers are actively part of their children life , children do better – that’s a fact!

Next time you see a so called “Latte Pappa” just know, drinking that coffee is part of him being a great dad.

 

 

 

 

7 reasons to spend more time outdoors with your kids

  • It builds confidence.
  • The way that kids play in nature has a lot less structure than most types of indoor play. There are infinite ways to interact with outdoor environments, from the backyard to the park to the local hiking trail or lake, and letting your child choose how he treats nature means he has the power to control his own actions.
  • It promotes creativity and imagination.
  • This unstructured style of play also allows kids to interact meaningfully with their surroundings. They can think more freely, design their own activities, and approach the world in inventive ways.
  • It teaches responsibility.
  • Living things die if mistreated or not taken care of properly, and entrusting a child to take care of the living parts of their environment means they’ll learn what happens when they forget to water a plant, or pull a flower out by its roots.
  • It provides different stimulation.
  • Nature may seem less stimulating than your son’s violent video game, but in reality, it activates more senses—you can see, hear, smell, and touch outdoor environments. As the young spend less and less of their lives in natural surroundings, their senses narrow and this reduces the richness of human experience.
  • It gets kids moving.
  • Most ways of interacting with nature involve more exercise than sitting on the couch. Your kid doesn’t have to be joining the local soccer team or riding a bike through the park—even a walk will get her blood pumping. Not only is exercise good for kids’ bodies, but it seems to make them more focused, which is especially beneficial for kids with ADHD.
  • It makes them think.
  • Nature creates a unique sense of wonder for kids that no other environment can provide. The phenomena that occur naturally in backyards and parks everyday make kids ask questions about the earth and the life that it supports.
  • It reduces stress and fatigue.
  • According to the Attention Restoration Theory, urban environments require what’s called directed attention, which forces us to ignore distractions and exhausts our brains. In natural environments, we practice an effortless type of attention known as soft fascination that creates feelings of pleasure, not fatigue.