If you surveyed 100 fathers and asked them what age their son was when they really started to connect, many of them would likely say when he was around his teenage years. Some dads seem to have trouble connecting with their sons at a younger age.
Regardless of the reason for this issue, we feel some of it comes from not knowing what to do with them until they’re old enough to do “manlier” things. Ahead, we’ve created a list of fun activities for a father and his younger son to do together. Don’t miss out on any good times early in your son’s life.
Take Him To a Ball Game
Many people would go with the cliché “play catch with him,” but we think actually taking your son to a sporting event is a better use of your time. No matter how young he is, he’ll enjoy the food, the excitement of the crowd, and whatever silly things the mascot is doing. Sure, he might not remember it when he’s older, but this could be the event that sparks an interest in the sport down the road, which could lead to many games of catch in the front yard.
Build or Fix Something Together
Some dads think that this idea is only suitable for older children, but building or fixing something together is an excellent way to bond. Give your son some easy tasks, like grabbing a tool or twisting in a screw.
If you’re working on something for your son, he’ll be more likely to want to help. For example, some people like to modify their child’s ride-on.
Go on a Camping Trip
If you want your son to experience the outdoors, take him on a father-son camping trip. On this trip, you can teach him how to fish, set up a tent, or even build a campfire. If he likes it, you could turn it into a yearly tradition, finding new things to teach him every year.
Play Some Games With Him
If none of our previous fun activities for a father and his younger son to do together seem to be working, you might have to do something on his terms. Many kids are into video games these days; try playing one or two of them with him. Even if you aren’t very good, your son will appreciate that you’re trying it out with him.
If you want to meet him halfway on this subject, try to find a board game that he likes. If you need more players, get the whole family involved and make it a family game night. Regardless of what you do, taking an interest in the things your son likes goes a long way.