Can Am Dad Blogger, RJ Jaramillo shares his family adventures on his Can-Am Spyder. This month’s family article is about getting into the grind of school and how his daughter doesn’t want to go to school. Learn how a Can-Am Spyder can bring back the fun on getting back to school on time. Read more
How To Be A Better Dad: That
Time of Year
Can Am Dad Blogger, RJ Jaramillo shares his family
adventures on his Can-Am Spyder. This month’s family article is about getting
into the grind of school and how his daughter doesn’t want to go to school.
Learn how a Can-Am Spyder can bring back the fun on getting back to school on
time. Read more.
My Can Am Dad: Back to School
It doesn’t matter what age your kids are; there is a date on
you back to school calendar that you will face a "meltdown". This is the type
of meltdown that is associated with the first month or two of getting to school
on time. It is almost like an orchestrated event where your. "pre-teen or teen"
wants to protest the grind of middle-school/ high school tardiness with the
As a Father of three, I have experienced this a few times in
the past. In this blog, I recently had this journey begin with my 11-year old
step daughter who has recently started going to a new middle school in our
neighborhood. This is a new year and a new neighborhood for our newly blended
family and my step daughter has full-time custody with my wife. It is a new
chapter in my life because it feels like a "time warp" for me and I can reflect
back on my 7+plus years as a single parent with my three kids and my weekday
mornings hustling my kids out the door to be on time.
What made this experience different was the fact that I had
a secret weapon. The Can-Am Spyder.
Can-Am Dad Blogger: The Secret
When you own a Can-Am Spyder, there is a certain level of
attention you get when you #RideASpyder. Having a pre-teen or teenager in your
family, you know how important the "right" amount of attention is appreciated
by certain social circles and friends of your kid.
When my "meltdown" happened, my wife was nowhere to be seen
and there is a reason for that. My wife is in the medical field and most of her
work happens with surgery. Her work time begins at… 5 AM. School "wake up" time
begins around 6 AM to be at school by 7:30.
When my step-daughter gave me the "no way, no how" speech, I
was prepared. I had my Can-AmSpyder warmed up in my garage and I told her to
think of a different outcome:
I asked her to picture our morning together driving the
Can-Am to school and getting on the road on time. I told her to picture a short
stop to her favorite donut shop to share one donut together and sharing a
fancy, iced drink that had plenty of sugar and stuff that I would never drink
in the morning but would for her.
I also told her about the many kids we would pass in line
for her drop off and how many of her friends would be staring at her being
dropped off in the Can-Am Spyder... Then I went for the kill and asked her the
Can-Am Dad: "How many friend’s Dads do you know own a Can-Am
Step Daughter: "none, and it
looks pretty cool"
Can-Am Dad: "So are we going to make it early or on time for
school so your friends can see you?"
Step Daughter: "Let’s GO!"
Can-Am Spyder Blogger Summary
In summary, the school year is hard on every child and
parent. The Can-Am Spyder is not solution to every problem with "Back to
School" burnout, but hey, you can see how a Dad like me can create a
distraction to keep the ball rolling forward in his family. The Can-Am Spyder
is not a motorcycle, not a car.
Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children.
RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
“Make Life Happen…Again!”