How a father spends his time tells his children what’s important to him. If you always seem too busy for your children, they will feel neglected no matter what you say. Treasuring children often means sacrificing other things, but it is essential to spend time with your children. Kids grow up so quickly. Missed opportunities are lost forever.
For Dads of infants and toddlers
Start early and get resources to educate yourself
Educate yourself on how to care for a baby Don’t leave all the diaper changing, baths, or cuddling to Mom – get involved in those activities as a way to bond with your child.
Bond in your own way
you and your little one can begin creating memories by splashing in the bath bubbles, playing “airplane,” or doing a little rough-and-tumble wrestling – as long as you’re being safe.
For Dads of school-aged children.
Enter their imaginary world:If your son loves pretending to be an astronaut, pretend to be the space monster that interrupts his moon exploration. If your daughter enjoys tea parties, get dressed up and let her show you how to correctly sip from a tea cup.It may take a little work to get into “pretend” mode, but the memories will be worth it and it will mean the world to your child
Help with homework Sure, your kids may not think working on homework together is fun, but it will communicate to them that you value their educational success and you are there to help them achieve their potential. Be careful not stress them out with unrealistic expectations, but affirm them in your confidence in their abilities. –
For Dads of teenagers
Do an activity together that they’re interested in: You might think your teenagers are too cool to hang out with you, but they are probably craving time with you. Teens have busy schedules, so let them know you want to do something together and ask when they’re available. Let them pick the activity based on what they’re interested in.
Be there as much as possible: Extra-curricula activities can dominate your teens’ schedules, but it really means a lot to them when you are there. Do everything you can to attend their sports games, concerts, cheering competitions, etc. Rearrange your schedule at work, if possible. Your teens need to know that Dad is their #1 fan.