In June, we celebrate Father’s Day, honoring the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other male role models who have shaped our lives for the better. Strengthen these lifelong connections with your own children by sharing the best of yourself – and your time. Here are some tips for Father’s Day to help your family stay connected.
For dads of babies and preschoolers 0 – 4 years)
1. Oh, Baby!
Don’t leave it all to mom.
Bond with baby by participating in diaper changing, bath time games, and cuddling.
2. Different Strokes
Moms and dads parent differently, and that’s okay. Embrace your personal parenting style early and create your own memories with special stories, piggyback rides, bath time rituals, or “daddy/darling” and “daddy/dude” games.
For dads of older kids (5+ years)
1. Catch Up
A game of catch before or after dinner can loosen limbs and strengthen relationships.
2. Camp Out
While a real camping trip to the woods is wonderful, a tent pitched in your own backyard – or living room – can be just as invigorating. S’mores, sleeping bags, and ghost stories by flashlight complete the experience.
3. Go Fish
A fishing trip doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. The local hardware store can outfit you with a cane pole, fishing line, and some hooks. Search the Internet for local creeks, ponds, rivers, and streams good for fishing. Pack snacks and drinks and prepare for a memory-maker!
How do you help carve out special 1:1 time with your kids? Share your tips in the comments below, or join the conversation on Facebook.
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Melissa & Doug wishes all dads a very special Father’s Day!