Precious Moment from Father-Child Inspiring Magazine “otonto”
The time you can spend with your child deeply is not much longer than you think. Maybe kindergarten to 5th grade for about 5 to 6 years. Is 5 years long enough? maybe yes, maybe not.
The word “otonto” is a combination of two Japanese words. “Oton” is a casual way of expressing “father”, and “to” means “with”.
Playing, cooking, running, catching etc. “otonto” gives you suggestions of how to spend memorable time with children. It even inspires fathers to think back on their own childhood playing.
‘Visiting Oton’s Company’
One of the unique projects in “otonto” is called ‘Visiting Oton’s Company’. This gives children an opportunity to see their father as a ‘working man’ which they usually don’t see.
Baseball player, soccer player, or flower shop are typical jobs which children think as an adorable job. This is because they know it, they’ve seen it. But there are more jobs in the world which children might say ‘I want to be like that!’.
By visiting their father’s company, children will know and learn more jobs. This will widen their choices and possibilities of the future as well.
“otonto” is not teaching you or forcing you. It is giving you better choices to have a great relationship with children. If you feel a sense of sympathy, try it. And if you don’t, you can look for other choices.
Taro Fuse says,
When is the last time you played with your child? Yesterday? A week ago? A month ago? Can’t remember?
It doesn’t have to be a big action. Maybe just taking 10 minutes for playing would be a precious moment for both father and child.