My wife and I pledged, long ago, that we would not be parents who sit on the sidelines as our kids grew up. We wanted to be involved with them, have fun with them and be parents that, while still being responsible authority figures, could also be fun parents.
We have done a decent job at this, but this past year took, we think, a big step. The two main new activities our kids took on – guitar lessons and rock climbing – we decided to do as a family. So this year we all learned to play the guitar under guidance of an amazing jazz guitarist who can take any pop song the kids like and teach us how to play it.
We also started rock climbing together. My wife and I had done it pre-kids and the kids had always liked it when we occasionally climbed. This year we really ramped it up, going 3-4 times a week and the kids joining a youth climbing program at the gym. They love it and we are having a blast getting back into it, although they quickly passed us in ability.
As parents, you want to give your kids enough independence to grow and take on responsibility, but my favourite parenting moments are still those things we do together.