For most men, juggling between being an employee or business owner, a husband, and a dad is often a tough challenge. Between coming home late, taking dinner before responding to a couple of important work emails, finding time to chat with your spouse, and going to bed, it’s no surprise it can be hard to find the right time to spend with the kids.
But before the kids are all grown up and leave your home, you ought to appreciate the value of spending quality time with them and create a lasting bond. Dads also play a key role in helping their kids develop emotionally and cognitively.
And it goes a lot further than simply being in the house. You need to be actively involved in their lives through everyday interactions and small special moments to create a strong father-child bond. Since fathers can’t parent exactly like mothers, here’s some practical advice on powerful ways dads bond with their kids.
Participate in the Routine Everyday Tasks
Some fathers tend to have this misconception that they have to find some special quality time together with their kids in order to develop a strong bond with them. But this kind of thinking is not right.
You can simply find the time to engage in simple routine activities like washing, getting dressed, and playing. Just because their mom spends more time with them, it doesn’t mean you should feel obliged to take them to some exotic island in order to create a bond. You can do something simple like installing a batting cage in your backyard and it can turn out to be really great for bonding with your children.
Help with their Homework
For most families, it seems like everything about school and co-curricular activities almost always falls under the mum’s territory. But in the real sense, there’s enough room for both mom and dad to share. if the dad is particularly good at certain subjects, he should take charge of helping with homework in that field whenever there’s time. Mom can also chip in when homework involves a subject she’s particularly good at or interested in.
Share some Tasks that are designated for Dad
Even doing simple things like washing the car together with your kids can be a great way to bond with your children. There’s nothing more enjoyable than soaking each other on a hot summer afternoon.
You can also have the kids help you with minor repair work like fixing the plumbing or painting your picket fence. What most adults might consider as boring work often turns out to be very entertaining for kids when you’re doing it together.
Have Meals Together
You’ll definitely enjoy quality face-to-face time with your children when you share meals at the dining table together. It also helps to foster closer interactions and builds trust between you and the kids.
And you get the opportunity to tell each other about the day’s events and experiences. For toddlers, feeding them is the perfect time to bond and learn a few things about your child’s behavior.
Focusing on your children, spending quality time together frequently, and doing things that you both enjoy together will help dads and their kids develop strong relationships. It will also help your kids to develop attitudes that enable them to grow up as responsible adults.