Inspired by Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Daddy Day (papadag)

Nowadays, when a baby is born, it is not only the mother who switches from full time to part time work, but also Daddy works less. Many modern Dutch fathers want to actively participate in raising their kids. So the phenomenon of the ‘Daddy Day (papadag)’ came into existence; one fixed day a week, it is Daddy time! Also in my little family we embrace this trend. We both work four days a week and Friday is our Daddy Day. That is the day that my boyfriend hangs around in the playground playing with our son and drinking coffee from is thermos, that they visit my grandma-in-law or that they meet up with his friends and kids who also have a Daddy Day on Friday.

daddyday5 by aude
Father and daughter cycling #daddyday #nofilter #amsterdam #cycling #growingupinholland #dutchbike #bikeseat #familycycling #bicicleta #cyclechic
daddyday4 by aude
Father and daughter on a bike #daddyday #dutchbike #growingupinholland #bicicleta #cycling #amsterdam #Vondelpark
daddyday6 by aude
daddyday1 by aude
Father and son, walking with a #dutchbike #daddyday #papadag #growingupinholland #amsterdam #cycling #cyclechic #bicicleta #father #childcare
Family cycling; father with three kids on a cargo bike #daddyday #bakfiets #cargobike #growingupinholland #familycycling #Dutch

On Daddy Day, mom is at work, sometimes wanting to join in the fun, but most of the time just being happy that Daddy and child are having a great time together.

– Text: Joni – Photos: Aude, Joni and Laura

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5 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Serena24horas's Blog.

    July 29, 2014 at 21:20

  2. thebikeboy

    Is there an age (between birth and the child moving out on his/her own) when this practice is no longer used, or do Dads get to have this quality time for the entire time the child lives with the parents? This is a WONDERFUL thing!

    July 30, 2014 at 05:07

    • @thebikeboy thanks for your reaction. Normally it stops when kids go to school at the age of 4. But then you might still have a daddy afternoon…

      July 31, 2014 at 16:03

  3. Robi

    Love the utility bikes! They look made for the job of family outings! Geat stuff!

    July 30, 2014 at 15:50

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